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TEXT AND IMAGE IN MEDIEVAL PERSIAN ART. Sheila S. Blair. Edinburgh University Press, 2014. Edinburgh Studies in Islamic Art. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Columbia University Press, New York. 352 pp. with 145 ills. (127 col.). 25 x 18 cm. ISBN 9780748655786 In English.
Publisher's description: Greater Iranian art from the tenth to sixteenth centuries contains some of the finest, most technically complex achievements in the history of world art. Intellectually engaging, art from Greater Iran showcases the power of merging texts and vibrant imagery, creating lively, highly expressive verbal and visual expressions. Focusing on objects found in the period's main media, Sheila S. Blair follows artisans' play with form, material, and decoration to engage their audiences, and she traces the reception of these objects over time. She ultimately connects our present understanding of these works to our conception of an Iranian past. Lavishly illustrated in color, the volume centers on four genres: ceramics, metalwares, architecture, and textiles, exhibiting a variety of Persian examples. Written by the world's foremost expert on Persian art, it captures both the thrilling visual and verbal interactions of a multilingual society and the phenomenal transformation of everyday objects into art.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Near and Middle East/Islamic Art (Traditional) — Iran (Persia) — Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 154296
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