Today, the Victoria and Albert Museum holds extensive and renowned collections of Iranian art, spanning at least twelve centuries of Iran's sophisticated cultural history. These objects range from archaeological finds to architectural salvage, from domestic furnishings and drinking vessels to design archives. Most of this diverse material was purchased in the late nineteenth century, over a few decades - roughly between 1873 and 1893 - during a specific period of contact between Victorian Britain and Qajar Iran.
The book investigates that period through four case studies, showing how architects, diplomats, dealers, collectors and craftsmen engage with Iran's complex visual traditions, ancient and modern.
Hardback, 272 pages, ISBN 9781851779338
London, Bloomsbury, 2017
Hardcover Published: 01 December 2017
288 Pages | 50 colour, 20 black and white
In ʿAli Qoli Jebādār et l’Occidentalism safavide, Negar Habibi provides a fresh account of the life and works of ʿAli Qoli Jebādār, a leading painter of the late Safavid period. By collecting several of the artist's paintings and signatures, Habibi brings to light the diversity of ʿAli Qoli Jebādār's most important works. In addition, the volume offers us new insights into both the artistic and socio-political evolution of Iranian society in the last days of pre-modern Iran. By carefully consulting the historical sources, Negar Habibi demonstrates the possibility of a female and eunuch patronage in the seventeenth-century paintings known as farangi sāzi, while suggesting the use of the term "Occidentalism" for those Safavid paintings that show some exotic and alien details of the Western world.
Leiden and Boston, Brill, copyright 2018
Gardens of Renaissance Europe and the Islamic Empires: Encounters and Confluences, ed. Mohammad Gharipour
The cross-cultural exchange of ideas that flourished in the Mediterranean during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries profoundly affected European and Islamic society. Gardens of Renaissance Europe and the Islamic Empires considers the role and place of gardens and landscapes in the broader context of the information sharing that took place among Europeans and Islamic empires in Turkey, Persia, and India. In illustrating commonalities in the design, development, and people’s perceptions of gardens and nature in both regions, this volume substantiates important parallels in the revolutionary advancements in landscape architecture that took place during the era. The contributors explain how the exchange of gardeners as well as horticultural and irrigation techniques influenced design traditions in the two cultures; examine concurrent shifts in garden and urban landscape design, such as the move toward more public functionality; and explore the mutually influential effects of politics, economics, and culture on composed outdoor space. In doing so, they shed light on the complexity of cultures and politics during the Renaissance. This book points to new areas in inquiry about the influences, confluences, and connections between European and Islamic garden traditions.
Title: Gardens of Renaissance Europe and the Islamic Empires: Encounters and Confluences
Editor: Mohammad Gharipour
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Number of pages: 272
Number of illustrations: 122
The ten essays in this volume introduce a fascinating array of subjects, each one exploring an aspect of the far-reaching ‘mercantile effect’ and its impact across western Asia in the early modern era. The authors first presented their research at the third Gingko conference held in November 2016 at the Barenboim-Said Akademie, Berlin.
Foreword by Melanie Gibson
Introduction by Sussan Babaie: The Mercantile Effect: On Art and Exchange in the Islamicate World
Suet May Lam: Fantasies of the East: ‘Shopping’ in Early Modern Eurasia
Amy S. Landau: The Armenian Artist Minas and Seventeenth-Century Notions of ‘Life-Likeness’
William Kynan-Wilson: ‘Painted by the Turcks themselves’: Reading Peter Mundy’s Ottoman Costume Album in Context
Nicole Kançal-Ferrari: Golden Watches and Precious Textiles: Luxury Goods at the Crimean Khans’ Court and the Northern Black Sea Shore
Nancy Um: Aromatics, Stimulants, and their Vessels: The Material Culture and Rites of Merchant Interaction in Eighteenth-Century Mocha
Federica Gigante: Trading Islamic Artworks in Seventeenth-Century Italy: the Case of the Cospi Museum
Anna Ballian: From Genoa to Constantinople: The Silk Industry of Chios
Christos Merantzas: Ottoman Textiles Within an Ecclesiastical Context: Cultural Osmoses in Mainland Greece
Francesco Gusella: Behind the Practice of Partnership: Seventeenth Century Portuguese Devotional Ivories of West India.
Gül Kale: Visual and Embodied Memory of an Ottoman Architect: Travelling on Campaign, Pilgrimage and Trade Routes in the Middle East
Persian Art: Image-Making in Eurasia
Edited by Yuka Kadoi
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.
183 pages, incl. 59 illustration
In this illustrated book, nine contributors explore multifaceted aspects of art, architecture and material culture of the Persian cultural realm, encompassing West Asia, Anatolia, Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Europe. Each chapter examines the historical, religious or scientific role of visual culture in the shaping, influencing and transforming of distinctive ‘Persian’ aesthetics across the various historical periods, ranging from pre-Islamic, medieval and early modern Islamic to modern times.
1. The Visual Culture of Greater Iran: Some Examples of Kushano-Sasanian Art
Judith A. Lerner
2. The Late Sasanian Figurative Capitals at Taq-i Bustan: Proposals Regarding Identification and Origins
3. Architecture of the Wider Persian World: From Central Asia to Western Anatolia in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries
Richard Piran McClary
4. From Acquisition to Display: The Reception of Chinese Ceramics in the Pre-modern Persian World
5. Devotion and Protection: Four Amuletic Scrolls from Safavid Persia
6. The Minarets of Hurmuzgan
7. Persia, India or Indo-Persian? The Study of Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-century Knotted Pile Carpets
8. The Calligraphic Art of Mishkin Qalam
9. The Kashan Mihrab in Berlin: A Historiography of Persian Lustreware
The first dynasty to mint gold dinars outside of the Abbasid heartlands, the Aghlabid (r. 800-909) reign in North Africa has largely been neglected in the scholarship of recent decades, despite the canonical status of its monuments and artworks in early Islamic art history. The Aghlabids and their Neighbors focuses new attention on this key dynasty. The essays in this volume, produced by an international group of specialists in history, art and architectural history, archaeology, and numismatics, illuminate the Aghlabid dynasty’s interactions with neighbors in the western Mediterranean and its rivals and allies elsewhere, providing a state of the question on early medieval North Africa and revealing the centrality of the dynasty and the region to global economic and political networks.
Eighteenth-century consumers of the Qing and Ottoman empires had access to an increasingly diverse array of goods, from home furnishings to fashionable clothes and new foodstuffs. While this tendency was of shorter duration and intensity in the Ottoman world, some urbanites of the sultans’ realm did enjoy silks, coffee, and Chinese porcelain. By contrast, a vibrant consumer culture flourished in Qing China, where many consumers flaunted their fur coats and indulged in gourmet dining.
Living the Good Life explores how goods furthered the expansion of social networks, alliance-building between rulers and regional elites, and the expression of elite, urban, and gender identities. The scholarship in the present volume highlights the recently emerging “material turn” in Qing and Ottoman historiographies and provides a framework for future research.
In his book In the Shadow of the Church: The Building of Mosques in Early Medieval Syria, Mattia Guidetti examines the establishment of Muslim religious architecture within the Christian context in which it first appeared in the Syrian region, contributing to the debate on the transformation of late antique society to a Muslim one. He scrutinizes the slow process of conversion to Islam of the most important town centers by looking at religious places of both communities between the seventh and the eleventh century. The author assesses the relevancy of churches by analyzing the location of mosques and by researching phenomena of transfer of marble material from churches to mosques.
Winner of the 2017 Syrian Studies Association Prize for Outstanding Book on Syria.
From lavish textiles and intricately patterned carpets to colourful paintings, polychrome Iznik wares, and precious inlaid metalwork, Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection introduces readers to a selection from one of the world’s most important private collections of Islamic art.
Showcased in this catalogue are more than 40 works of art, dating from the 13th to 17th centuries, whose origins span the Islamic world from Spain to China and demonstrate remarkable vibrancy, variety, and technical perfection. The importance of cross-cultural relationships, the transformation of local styles, the fascination of luxury goods — the stories these objects carry awaken curiosity as well as awe.
Included in the catalogue are a foreword from Alessandro Bruschettini on the origin of the collection, essays from Curator Filiz Çakır Phillip on metalwork, ceramics, and textiles, plus contributions from internationally renowned scholar Claus-Peter Haase on the art of the book and well-known expert Michael Franses on the art of the carpet.
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