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Collected articles on Iranian art from the Qajar dynasty.

The thirteen articles in this volume were originally given as presentations at the symposium of the same name organized in June 2018 by the Musée du Louvre and the Musée du Louvre-Lens in conjunction with the exhibition The Empire of Roses: Masterpieces of 19th Century Persian Art. The exhibition explored the art of Iran in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, while the nation was under the rule of the Qajar dynasty. The symposium set out to present research on previously unknown and unpublished objects from this rich period of art history.
This volume, published with the Louvre Museum in France, is divided into four sections. The first, “Transitions and Transmissions,” is dedicated to the arts of painting, illumination, and lithography. The focus of the second section, entitled “The Image Revealed,” also considers works on paper, looking at new themes and techniques. “The Material World” examines the use of materials such as textiles, carpets, and armor. The articles in the final section discuss the history of two groups of artifacts acquired by their respective museums.

216 pages | 115 color plates | 6 x 9

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“Beautifully presented, this new book expands the current scholarship on Qajar art in many valuable directions.”

Moya Carey, Curator of Islamic Collections, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

Table of Contents

Foreword by Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali
Prologue by Marie Lavandier and Yannick Lintz
Introduction by Gwenaëlle Fellinger

Charlotte Maury and Carol Guillaume, A first overview of Golestan 1644: album making, connoisseurship, and the carol guillaume painter Muhammad Baqir

Simon Rettig Illustrating Firdawsi’s Book of Kings in the Early Qajar Era: The Case of the Ezzat-Malek Soudavar Shahnama

Tim stanley Razi Taliqani and the ‘Lustre of the Nation’, 1880s to 1900s

Ali boozari Mirza Hassan bin Aqa Seyyed Mirza Isfahani: A Bridge Between Elite and Popular Art in the Qajar Period

Maryam Ekhtiar, Ahl al-Bayt Imagery Revisited: A Drawing by Isma?il Jalayir at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Christiane Gruber, Without Pen, Without Ink: Fingernail Art in the Qajar Period

Layla S. Diba, Towards an Alternative Art History: Qajar Photography and Contemporary Iranian Art

Gwenaëlle Fellinger, Shimmering Mirages—Nineteenth-Century Ikat Velvets

Hadi Maktabi, Carpets as Diplomatic Gifts and Feudal Tribute under the Qajars

Friedericke Voigt, Equestrian Tiles and the Re-discovery of Underglaze Painting in Qajar Iran

Filiz Cakir Phillip, Chahar Ayna: Form, Function, and Decoration of an Enigmatic Iranian Armour

Daria Vasilyeva, On Iranian Diplomatic Gifts and Trophies of the 1820s in The State Hermitage Museum: Archival Documents and Historical Context

Iván Szántó, Pearls of Qajar Painting Strung at Random in Eastern Europe

Epilogue by Layla S. Diba, Looking Anew: Qajar Art in the Twenty-first Century

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