Peerless Images: Persian Painting and Its Sources

Peerless Images: Persian Painting and Its Sources

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Peerless Images: Persian Painting and Its Sources by Eleanor Sims

This magnificent book is the first survey of the figural arts of the Iranian world from prehistoric times to the early twentieth century ever to consider themes, rather than styles. Analyzing primarily painting — in manuscripts and albums, on walls and on lacquered, painted pen boxes and caskets — but also the related arts of sculpture, ceramics, and metalwork, the author finds that the underlying themes depicted on them through the ages are remarkably consistent.

Eleanor Sims demonstrates that all these arts display similar concerns: kingship and legitimacy; the righteous exercise of princely power and the defense of national territory; and the performance of rituals and the religious duties called for by the paramount cult of the day. She describes a variety of superb works of art inside and outside these categories, noting not only how they illustrate archetypal themes but also what it is about them that is unique. She also discusses the ways that Iranian art both influenced and was influenced by invaders and neighboring lands.

Boris I. Marshak discusses pre-Islamic and also Central Asian art, in particular the earliest Iranian wall paintings and their pictorial parallels in rock carvings and metalwork, and the richly painted temples and houses of Panjikent. Ernst J. Grube considers religious imagery, and provides an informative bibliography.

Author Biography: Eleanor Sims, formerly curatorial assistant in the Islamic Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and assistant professor of Islamic art history at the Universities of Minnesota and Pennsylvania, is editor of Islamic Art. Boris I. Marshak is head of the Central Asian and Caucasian department at the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. Ernst J. Grube was the first curator of Islamic art at the Metropolitan Museum and is now professor emeritus of the University of Venice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300090383
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 9.75(w) x 12.50(h) x (d)

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