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The Fascination of Persia

The Fascination of Persia

Persian-European Dialogue in Seventeenth-Century Art and Contemporary Art of Teheran

Edited by Axel Langer

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  • Documents the artistic dialogue between Europe and Persia over four centuries
  • Explores a rare period of close and friendly exchange, between the West and the Middle East
  • Features previously unpublished significant and contemporary art from Iran
Full Description
Since the early 17th century, Europe and Persia have had a close association; Persia became the longed-for destination of many travellers, craftsmen, monks and knights. They travelled to Isfahan, the magnificent capital, to be received at court; they brought works of art and luxury goods with them in exchange for the finest silks and precious rugs to take back home which had a lasting influence on European and Persian art of the 17th and early 18th centuries. Few people today are aware of this important trading relationship; current political, religious and ideological differences dominate our perception of Iran today. Yet aside from this, modern Tehran has a rich and vibrant artistic life. This book explores the creative and artistic links between Persian and Europe over four centuries. Focusing on work by seven contemporary artists from Tehran, it provides an insight into a new modern Persia and its place within the international art world. At the same time, the reader is offered a fresh view of ancient art shown in contrasting juxtaposition.
About the Author
Axel Langer is curator for Near Eastern art Museum Rietberg, Zurich.
Specifications
Publisher
Scheidegger & Spiess
ISBN
9783858817396
Published
26th Jan 2014
Binding
Paperback / softback
Size
325 mm x 245 mm
Pages
320 Pages
Illustrations
160 color, b&w
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