Fifteenth-Century Persian Painting: Problems and Issues

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NYU Press, Mar 1, 1993 - Art - 106 pages
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In this book, B.W. Robinson traces the development of the different styles of Persian painting during the fifteenth century, and considers a number of the problems and issues involved in establishing a methodology and system of classification for Persian painting of that period.

Robinson begins, by way of background, with a review of the schools of Herat and Shiraz up to the middle of the century, and then proceeds to tackle in order the three main fields of controversy: painting under the Turkmans, Timurid paintings in Transoxiana and Timurid painting in India.

The uneasy fusion of contrasting characteristics of Herat and Shiraz that resulted in the emergence of Turkman court painting is traced through the origins, development, and branching of the Turkman style into a definitive form. Then the author reviews a branch of the art almost entirely neglected up to now, which he identifies as originating in Transoxiana. Finally he provides a new approach to the study of pre-Mughal Indian painting in Persian style by dividing the material into five stylistic groups.

 

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Contents

Illustrations
3
Bahram Gur and the Dragon
16
CHAPTER 2
21
Mihr killing a tiger
24
Elias and Khizr at the Well of Life
25
Shlrln visits Farhad at Mount Behistun
27
1o The court of the Fairy Queen
28
The court of P1r Budaq 3o 12 Mihr offering a cup to Nahid
32
B1zhan rescued from the pit by Rustam
52
Iskandar and the Angel Israf1l
54
Mihr before King Kay wan
56
CHAPTER 4
57
Khusraw Parvlz enthroned
65
2o The birth of Rustam
66
Iskandar at the Enchanted Palace
67
The Heavenly Ascent mi raj of the Prophet Muhammad 6g 23 The King of Mazandaran captured by Rustam
70

The Lady and the Sage
33
King Nushlrvan resting during a hunting expedition
36
Transoxiana
45
The court of Ulugh Beg
50
Gushtasp and the Dragon
72
Epilogue
77
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