An Album of Artists' Drawings from Qajar Iran

Author: David J. Roxburgh

Publisher: Harvard Art Museums

ISBN: 9780300229189

Category: Art

Page: 244

View: 3658

Harvard's Qajar Album--57 folios, with nearly 150 drawings, paintings, prints, and embossed works--is a remarkably wide-ranging collection of human, animal, and floral studies; narrative compositions inspired by Persian classic literature and historical subjects; religious themes; and portraits of rulers and heroes. Because these types of works were originally created as technical materials for artists to use in their daily work, most have been lost over time as a result of repeated use and subsequent damage or disposal. This publication offers a rare opportunity not only to appreciate the ingenuity of the individual works, but also to gain a better understanding of the entire system of artistic production and exchange in 19th-century Iran. The book unites 12 essays with a beautiful full-size facsimile of the complete album. From the necessarily global story of how the album came to be housed at the Harvard Art Museums--spanning Iran, Germany, England, and the United States--to the in-depth examination of individual themes and techniques, the publication exposes a rich network of artistic influence, exchange, and innovation. In doing so, it calls on us to question what has been left out of the dominant histories of art and to consider possible alternative definitions of what can be thought of as -modern.-

Performing the Iranian State

Visual Culture and Representations of Iranian Identity

Author: Staci Gem Scheiwiller

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 178308328X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 260

View: 6020

This book discusses what it means to “perform the State,” what this action means in relation to the country of Iran and how these various performances are represented. The concept of the “State” as a modern phenomenon has had a powerful impact on the formation of the individual and collective, as well as on determining how political entities are perceived in their interactions with one another in the current global arena.

The Eye of the Shah

Qajar Court Photography and the Persian Past

Author: Jennifer Y. Chi

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691171580

Category: Photography

Page: 198

View: 5560

The Eye of the Shah is the beautifully illustrated catalogue accompanying the exhibition of the same name at New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. The volume presents some two hundred photographs—the great majority of which have never been seen by the public—taken by royal photographers engaged by Naser al-Din Shah Qajar (r. 1848–1896), the longest-reigning shah of Iran's Qajar Dynasty (1785–1925). The photographs include a group of unprecedented, captivating images of life in the royal court in Tehran. These are complemented by photographs of historic monuments that capture the grand, eloquent beauty of such iconic ancient sites as Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rostam. The Eye of the Shah also looks at vintage photographic albums, memorabilia that used formal portraits of the shah, and works by two modern Iranian photographers, Bahman Jalali (1944–2010) and Shadi Ghadirian (b. 1974). The catalogue's essays discuss such topics as the achievements of court photographers in the service of Naser al-Din Shah, including Reza ‘Akkasbashi, ‘Abdollah Mirza Qajar, and Dust Mohammad Khan Mo‘ayyer al-Mamalek, and the volume also examines the role of photography in helping Iranians document Iran's pre-Islamic monuments during the second half of the nineteenth century. Contributors include Carmen Pérez González, Judith A. Lerner, and Reza Sheikh.

Wall Paintings and Other Figurative Mural Art in Qajar Iran

Author: Willem M. Floor

Publisher: Mazda Pub

ISBN: 9781568591803

Category: Art

Page: 221

View: 9986

Although in the last few years the study of painting in 19th century Iran has made considerable progress it still remains somewhat tradition bound. It would seem that art historians find it difficult to go beyond oil paintings, lacquer, and enamel. In 1998, Robinson, the doyen of Qajar art history, wrote: "Qajar painting found its most prestigious outlets in oil painting, lacquer, and enamel." In this study it is shown that paintings were probably the most important form of expression for painters for many centuries and as prestigious as the other forms of painting. Mural paintings were very popular and were to be found on various types of buildings ranging from the royal palaces, private homes, bath-houses to a religious shrine. Painting was a craft and a business that was actively pursued by artisans in most major towns in response to a general demand for-figurative art. As to the themes depicted these remained basically limited to (i) dynastic and epic (Qajar 'family portraits'; battles, hunts; Shahnameh scenes), (ii) sensual (flora, fauna, erotic), and (iii) religious (prophets, lmams, 'olama) subjects. These subjects occurred in any type of building irrespective of its function. The wide use of figurative representation in religious buildings and practice is of great interest. People almost invariably assume that Moslems until recent times did not tolerate paintings and the like of humans and animals adorning public and private buildings and publications. This study shows otherwise. There is even evidence of the use of paintings as religious icons, which is a totally neglected subject. Rock reliefs and other forms of sculptured works in and on buildings and its accessories such as doors show a similar development as mural paintings. Although information is even less copious than for wall paintings, it is clear that the depiction of living beings in the forms of sculptures was very widespread and pre-dates the Qajar period. The nature and form of murals were influenced by the increased contacts between Persia/Iran and the outside world, in particular Europe and India. This holds in particular for the use of prints and the occurrence of European scenes in frescos and other forms of paintings. Willem Floor has written extensively on many aspects of social, economic, and art history of Iran.

Die Kunst Persiens

Author: Vladimir Lukonin,Anatoly Ivanov

Publisher: Parkstone International

ISBN: 1780429215

Category: Art

Page: 256

View: 2540

Einige der prunkvollsten Schätze persischer Kunst befinden sich in den Archiven der Eremitage. Lange verloren geglaubt, wurden sie doch wiedergefunden, katalogisiert und werden jetzt in diesem Bildband mit einer unvergleichlichen Auswahl an Farbabbildungen vorgestellt und analysiert. In einer umfassenden Einleitung dokumentieren Wladimir Lukonin und Anatoli Iwanow die Hauptentwicklung der persischen Kunst, von der ersten Anzeichen menschlicher Zivilisation in den iranischen Steppen bis hin zum frühen 20. Jahrhundert. Dabei wird der rote Faden der persischen Kunst, der sich konsequent über drei Jahrtausende durch die Kunst der Region zieht und selbst durch politische und religiöse Umwälzungen nicht aus der Bahn geworfen wurde, geschickt visualisiert. Der zweite Teil bietet einen Katalog von Kunstobjekten mit Beschreibungen, Fundorten und Künstlerbiografien. Egal ob Architektur, Skulptur, Fresko- und Miniaturmalerei, Porzellanherstellung oder Tuchmalerei, egal ob der Künstler ein einfacher Handwerker oder ein bekannter Hofmaler ist - die persische Kunst ist durchdrungen von einer Feinheit und Rafinesse, die jeden Kunstliebhaber begeistern wird.


Author: Alois Riegl

Publisher: Рипол Классик

ISBN: 5877730533

Category: History

Page: 346

View: 5736


Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art & Architecture: Three-Volume Set

Author: Jonathan Bloom,Sheila Blair

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 9780195309911

Category: Art

Page: 1676

View: 1139

Oxford University Press is proud to present the most up-to-date and comprehensive encyclopedia in this field. In three illustrated volumes with more than 1,500 entries, the Encyclopedia deals with all aspects of this important area of study, ranging from the Middle East to Central Asia to Southeast Asia and Africa as well as Europe and North America. The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture covers all subject areas including: artists, ruler, writers, architecture, ceramics, sculpture, painting, calligraphy, coins, textiles, and much more.

The Splendour of Iran

Author: Booth-Clibborn Editions,Edward Booth-Clibborn,Naṣr Allāh Pūrjavādī

Publisher: Booth-Clibborn

ISBN: 9781861540119

Category: History

Page: 1680

View: 4637

The Splendour of Iran provides an unprecedented insight into the traditions and contemporary life of one of the world's most enduring civilisations. As the first comprehensive study on Persian culture since the 1930s, it is the result of a unique five year collaboration, combining Iranian scholarship, insight and photographic access with international design and publishing, under General Editor Dr Nasrollah Pourjavady. Vibrant, specially commissioned colour photographs -- from the Pazyryk Carpet and Cup of Solomon to the magnificent Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque -- reveal all aspects of the country's cultural past and present.This major three-volume publication shows how ancient traditions still affect the life and customs of present-day Iran in almost every sphere of human activity: in sculpture, painting, tilework, jewellery, carpet-making, gardening, architecture and engineering, science and medicine, philosophy and folklore, and in the enduring importance of poetry. An invaluable source of reference for the specialist and a highly-prized addition to the general reader's bookshelf, The Splendour of Iran offers an unrivalled sense of the country, its art and its people.

Stumme Schwäne

Author: Ece Temelkuran

Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN: 3455814255

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 9382

Im August 1980 macht nicht nur die Hitze den Menschen in Ankara zu schaffen. Auch politisch brodelt es: In der Türkei herrscht Bürgerkrieg, Menschen sterben auf offener Straße, bald wird das Militär putschen, um das Land »zu retten«. Diesen chaotischen Sommer verbringen die Kinder Ayse und Ali gemeinsam. Sie könnten kaum unterschiedlicher sein: Ayse kommt aus einem behüteten Elternhaus, ist quirlig und fröhlich, Ali, der introvertierte Sohn der kurdischen Putzfrau, lebt in einem Elendsviertel. Die beiden haben eine gemeinsame Misssion: Sie wollen die Schwäne aus dem Schwanenpark retten, die der Befehlshaber der Armee in seinen privaten Garten bringen lassen will. Damit sie nicht entfliehen, sollen den Schwänen die Flügel gestutzt werden. Die Erwachsenen haben andere Sorgen, doch Ayse und Ali haben sich ihr Gefühl für Recht und Freiheit bewahrt.

Traces of the Calligrapher

Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, C. 1600-1900

Author: Mary McWilliams,David J. Roxburgh

Publisher: Museum of Fine Arts Houston


Category: Art

Page: 96

View: 3776

In Islamic culture, calligraphy has long been considered a quintessential art form. This beautiful writing practice constitutes an expression of piety, and calligraphers are among the most highly esteemed artists. Traces of the Calligrapher portrays the intimate world of the calligrapher during the early modern period of Islamic culture. It brings together the “tools of the trade”—works in their own right that are rarely exhibited or published—and the exquisite art made with these functional objects in India, Iran, and Turkey. This richly illustrated and fascinating book presents exceptional works of the 17th through 19th centuries, drawn primarily from an unrivaled private collection. It features pens, pen boxes, chests, tables, paper scissors, knives, burnishers, and book bindings of superb manufacture and design, accompanied by examples of calligraphy that were executed as practice exercise, occasional works, wall hangings, and manuscripts.