Copy of Persian Miniature

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Title

Copy of Persian Miniature

Subject

Arts; Arts-Painting;

Description

8 x 14 inches; subject matter a palace scene. This is one of several extremely well executed copies of 15th- and 16th-century Persian miniatures (Timurid and Safavid). They lend themselves to pedagogical purposes in several ways. First, they raise the issue of copies and how we approach and consider these; certainly they will not be the only works in the project that are relevant to such questions, but they are quite fine works. Second, and perhaps far more significant, is that they represent folios from manuscripts that were created at the Muslim courts of 16th-century Persia (Tabriz and Shiraz) and thus exemplify the subjects that typify Muslim manuscripts of the era. Opportunities to engage issues relevant to the Islamic world (considering that the vast majority of the world's Muslims live in Asia, not the Middle East) will be of great value to students. For example, these paintings lend themselves to discussions of the nature of iconoclasm in Islamic art, to what kinds of subjects might and which might not be depicted in painting, as well as to the diverse attitudes within various schools of Islam regarding the acceptability of painting. They include depictions of historical themes and themes from poetry. Thus they could also generate interesting research projects for students: they lend themselves to research on the styles of Persian painting they represent; to identification of the particular themes depicted; and of course students could likely identify the particular paintings they copy. Finally, because these styles of Persian painting formed an essential element in shaping the Mughal painting school that arose in 16th-century India (the two artists that headed the emperor Akbar's painting workshop came to India from the Safavid court at Tabriz), they represent a direct link to Mughal painting in India.
Bequest of Farrell Estate

Contributor

Canisius 300
Fairfield University

Rights

Materials may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only. Acknowledgement to be given to the ASIANetwork-Luce Asian Art in the Undergraduate Curriculum Project and to the college from whose collection the work comes. The individual college retains copyright to the work.

Relation

soclaa001022, soclaa001023, soclaa001024, soclaa001025

Format

Image/jpg

Type

Still image

Identifier

soclaa001032

Coverage

India
India - Colonial 1765 - 1947
early 20th century

Files

https://s3.amazonaws.com/omeka-net/9473/archive/files/9ddd18cd03b65ef9abc0260927cbb2ec.jpg

Citation

“Copy of Persian Miniature,” ASIANetwork IDEAS Project, accessed December 15, 2017, http://www.ideasproject.org/items/show/1080.