A review of "The history of painting in Iran"
A new narration of the history of painting in Iran
6 Jun 2012 - 15:24
"The history of painting in Iran" is a book briefly recounting the history of painting and miniature in Iran. The book says that the themes of crockery and carpets found in different historical periods are related to painting; accordingly a new narration of Iranian painting history is presented.
IBNA: In Iran, painting and miniature hold a long history. Many art historians and researchers consider the history of art and miniature from their own point of view and many books have been written holding different point of views.
While different approaches have expanded in humanities, nowadays such books are the basic needs of the field of art's history; for instance the fields of "The social history of Iranian art" or "Adaptive history of art" lack appropriate books and researches.
"The history of painting in Iran" written by Seyyed Reza Husseini is a new work in the field of Iranian painting's history which was released by Marlik publications a while ago. The author, through a new look, has presented a new narration of the art's history in Iran as two main chapters; "Painting in ancient Iran" and "Painting in Islamic Iran".
The author says that painting began in Iran since the pre-historic humans in Lorestan's caves drew patterns.
The oldest ceramic works were found from "Ganj Darreh" from Kermanshah and "Kamarband cave" from Behshahr. The author evaluated their patterns and then screens the crockery of old hillocks including Sush in Khuzestan, Sialk in Kashan, Qabrestan in Qazvin and Hasanlou in Urumieh as well as the ceramic works discovered from Zahedan's burnt city. Moreover he assesses the works remained back from the Achaemenid, Parthians and the Sassanid dynasties.
Studying the semiotics of the ceramic's patterns was one of Husseini's innovations in "The history of painting in Iran".
Moreover the book introduces and analyzes all famous schools of Islamic arts.
The book connects contemporary art to the history of Iranian art. As a noteworthy point most of the books of the history of Islam or Iran's art are till the Qajar dynasty and ignore contemporary art; however the author has evaluated the contemporary art as well. Accordingly the reader gets to know different artistic styles including tea house paintings.
"The history of painting in Iran" is released by Marlik publications in 168 pages.