Persian Miniatures by Parkstone Press

By Parkstone Press

Encounter one among history’s maximum civilisations via miniatures. In Persian Miniatures, the tale of the exceptional Persian Empire is instructed when it comes to a creative culture on a small yet brilliant scale. This distinct selection of vibrant miniatures from Persia in a handy moveable dimension will make the fitting gift.

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The reference is evidently credible, since it is known that Chinese artists, among other craftsmen, were captured by Arabs at the battle of Talas and taken to the Caliphate. Recovery of Malikha’s Body by the Holy Man Bishr Artist and source unknown 1494-1495 The British Library, London 50 51 From Chinese sources we even know the names of two of them – in the end they managed to return to their native land. All other reports speak not of early Iranian manuscript illumination but of portrait painting or scientific illustration.

It is the influence of the Iranian miniature which is cited as an explanation for the illustrations on metalwork and even the style of painting of Iranian ceramics. Majnun and Salim in the Palm Grove Illustration from Nizami’s masterpiece Khamsa (literally “collection of five”) 1462 Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul 34 35 But is there any evidence at all, even circumstantial, bearing witness to the existence of miniature painting in Iran before the end of the 13th century? We do have a manuscript treatise on astronomy, Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi’s Book of the Fixed Stars (completed in 1009-1010 AD).

7 x 18 cm The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin 62 63 while human experiences and states of mind easily find a precise symbol among objects in the immediate environment.

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