Exploring the World of Persian Miniature Painting, 1250-1650 THU 11:20AM-12:20PM
Instructors: Dorothy Fletcher, MA, and Bill Fletcher, MA
This course will explore the fantastic and jewel-like world portrayed in Persian manuscript paintings of the 14th through 17th centuries. As revealed by the newly opened Islamic galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, these miniatures represent one of the highest and most intriguing achievements of Middle Eastern art. A non-academic approach will focus on how and why they differ from Western art, the influences that shaped them, the legendary stories they depict, the objectives and motivations behind them, and the intended audiences. A text will provide historical background. Miniatures discussed will be presented in large-scale format via Power Point. Suggested text: Sheila R. Canby, Persian Painting. Northhampton, MA: Interlink Books, 2005. 128pp.