This course will provide an introduction to Persian painting by exploring the history and aesthetics of the miniature painting traditions from Iran, Central Asia, India, and Turkey. We will survey the development of works on paper and arts of the book from the Mongols through the Timurids and into the three great Persianate empires of the early modern period—the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals. We will end with an interrogation of Persian painting’s legacy through a look at continuities and responses in modern and contemporary art practice. We also will explore masterpieces from narrative illustrations to single-page album drawings by artists such as Behzad and Reza Abbasi. A class trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art will provide the opportunity to encounter such works of art in person.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of the materials and processes used in Persian painting and its development over time
- A familiarity with the different styles of Persian painting and key artists
- The ability to recognize the influence of early Persian painting on contemporary art
- Art enthusiasts
- Prospective and practicing arts professionals