It was the last Shah of Persia who in 1935 requested the international community to henceforth call his country by its own name, Iran, 'Land of the Aryans'. The history of this country is a long and rich one. The Iranian culture is individual and unique. Its characteristic designs and iconography have survived down the centuries despite the many political and religious changes and developments to affect the country. From ancient times until the nineteenth century Persian artists depicted the world around them in reliefs and ceramics, on paper, parchment and canvas. The figurative element was never banished from Persian art, although the Koran discouraged bringing man and beast to life in artistic representations. Yet artists aspired to heavenly perfection in their art as a way of honouring Allah and working in His spirit. This book presents the splendid collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. The collection includes many interesting pieces covering the whole history of Iran from antiquity to the end of the Qajar dynasty (1785-1925).
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Table of Contents
Persian Riddle 8
Persia. Thirty centuries of art and culture: A tale from a Thousand-and-One-Nights 10
Persia and its magnificent beauty 14
Ancient Iran 21
Gold of the Nomads in Peter I's Siberian Collection 33
On the Formation of the Hermitage's Collection of Medieval Art from Iran 43
Persian Paintings in the Hermitage 53
Ceramics, glass and textile 81
Reading Group Guide
Mikhail Piotrovsky is Director of the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. Ernst W. Veen is Director of the Hermitage Amsterdam. Vincent Boele is Curator of the Hermitage Amsterdam. Alexander Nikitin is Curator of the Eastern Department at the State Hermitage Museum. Elena Korokolva is Curator of the Department of Archaeology at the State Hermitage Museum. Anatoly Ivanov is Curator of the Oriental Department at the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. Adel Adamova is Curator of the Oriental Department at the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.