Thirty Centuries of Art and Culture
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|Format:||Hardback, 127 pages|
|Other Information: ||Includes 95 colour illustrations|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 28 May 2007|
"Persia: Thirty Centuries of Art and Culture" is a striking survey of 3000 years of Persian art. Officially called Iran from 1935, this country has made a major contribution to the culture of many civilizations. Indigenous, Greek, Arab, Mongolian and Turkish dynasties have ruled Persia over the ages, and this survey of art and objects from the Hermitage Museum reveals the vivid and influential dialogue that craftsmen had with their rulers. These foreign civilizations were in turn profoundly affected by the art from this country. Accompanying an exhibition, this catalogue includes a range of essays that are timeless in their approach to the interface of Iranian art and other cultures. Persian merchants and embassies frequently visited Moscow and St Petersburg. Further exposure to foreign influence arose from conflict. Darius and Alexander the Great and the Emperor Valerian were just a few of the powers vying for control of Persia. We are introduced to objects from Antiquity such as the Scythian gold jewellery from Tsar Peter the Great's Siberian Collection. There are fine examples of the Sassinid's renowned silverware. The great Islamic tradition of calligraphy and manuscript painting is well represented in the chapter on Persian painting. The Islamic period is the crux of the exhibition and, along with its miniatures, yields beautiful and skillfully crafted bronze objects. Later, in the nineteenth century, the Qajar period, artistic talent continued to thrive, and the show ends with the portrait painting so admired at the time. This book both engages and teaches the reader. It provides a rounded and important introduction to the art of Persia.
Table of Contents
1. Persian Riddle; 2. Persia. Thirty Centuries o f Art and Culture: A Tale from a Thousand-and-One Nights; 3. Persia and its Magnificent Beauty; 4. Ancient Iran; 5. Gold of the Nomads in Peter Is Siberian Collection; 6. On the Formation of the Hermitage's Collection of Medieval Art from Iran; 7. Persian Painting in the Hermitage; 8. Metalwork; 9. Ceramics, Glass and Textiles; Catalogue; Bibliography.
About the Author
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 of Eastern and Serbia of 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
|Publisher: ||Lund Humphries|
|Dimensions: ||24.56 x 17.58 x 1.52 centimeters (0.57 kg)|