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01/19/12

Innovation and Imagination in Persian Manuscripts from Sixteenth-Century Shiraz

Source: Iran Heritage Foundation

encounter of Afrasiyab and Pilsam, The British Library Innovation and Imagination in Persian Manuscripts from Sixteenth-Century Shiraz
Lecture and Reception, The British Library

23rd January 2012
6:45 pm for 7:00 pm
A lecture on the diversity and creativity of deluxe Persian manuscripts made in 16th century Shiraz.

Organised by
Iran Heritage Foundation

Lecturer
Dr. Marianna Shreve Simpson 
President, Historians of Islamic Art Association

Introduction
Of the many artistic centres in Iran, perhaps none had a longer and more productive history than the city of Shiraz, capital of Fars province. Beginning at least in the early 14th century and continuing into the 17th, Shirazi calligraphers, illuminators, painters and binders produced vast quantities of deluxe manuscripts at a prodigious rate. One mid-16th century visitor, evidently overwhelmed by this output, declared that the multiple manuscripts of Shiraz were indistinguishable one from another, a critical view that persisted into modern times. Recent scholarship, however, has demonstrated the shortsightedness of such a perception. This presentation will consider the diversity and creativity of deluxe manuscripts made in 16th-century Shiraz through examples, particularly illustrated volumes of the Shahnama (Book of Kings), belonging to the British Library and other collections worldwide.

Marianna Shreve Simpson was Curator of Islamic Near Eastern Art at the Freer/Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution and more recently the Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Islamic Art at the Walters Art Museum as well as being President of the Historians of Islamic Art Association. She specializes in the arts of the Islamic book in general and illustrated Persian manuscripts in particular; and she has published, lectured and taught widely in these fields.

Ticket Information
The event is free of charge. Early booking is recommended.
To book your place please contact info@iranheritage.org

When & Where
Monday 23rd January 2012
6:45 - 9:00pm

Conference Centre
The British Library 
96 Euston Road 
London NW1 2DB

Enquiries
Iran Heritage Foundation
5 Stanhope Gate
London W1K 1AH
Tel: +44 (20) 7493 4766
Email: info@iranheritage.org

About:
The Iran Heritage Foundation is a non-political UK registered charity with the mission to promote and preserve the history, languages and cultures of Iran and the Persian world. The objectives of the Foundation are pursued by organising, on a worldwide basis, diverse activities of cultural or scholarly merit. IHF programmes include academic research, publishing and fellowships at top universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews, and Exeter and at museums in the United Kingdom and abroad. Most recently, the IHF launched its Institutional Partnership Programme with posts supported at the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, and St Andrews and at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution. (read more)

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