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"Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran"; an Exhibition at Harvard Art Museums - The Harvard Art Museums in Massachusetts hosts an exhibition entitled "Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran". The exhibition presents various aspects of Persian art in Qajar era.

Persian lacquers from Qajar era at Harvard Art Museums
Photo by Pejman Akbarzadeh

The Harvard Art Museum in a press release states: "This exhibition brings together four principal art forms-lacquer, lithography, photography, and painting and drawing on paper-to explore their separate and intertwined histories, contexts of production, and means of dissemination across sectors of society ranging from the courtly elite to the citizenry at large. The almost 80 works in the exhibition, most of which have never before been exhibited, include illustrated books, album folios, pen boxes, mirror cases, single-sheet painted and printed images, and photographs. Several of the objects are on loan from collections within Harvard University and from private and public collections in the United States and abroad."

The 19th century was an era of heightened image-making in Iran/Persia. As the century unfolded, the new Qajar dynasty (1796-1925) sought to unify a country torn by decades of civil war, even as the outside world increasingly intruded on Persian affairs. The expansionist ambitions and technological advances of European powers brought Westerners to Persia and, to a later and lesser extent, drew Persians to the West. Stimulated and challenged by developments both inside and outside their country, Persian artists mastered new image-making technologies and readily assimilated an unprecedented influx of pictorial material from abroad into their traditional art forms.

The accompanying exhibition catalogue features essays by co-editors David J. Roxburgh and Mary McWilliams as well as by Farshid Emami and Mira Xenia Schwerda.

An additional publicationAn Album of Artists' Drawings from Qajar Iran, edited by David J. Roxburgh, is also available. The book is a compendium of the nearly 150 beautiful drawings, paintings, and a print that make up the Harvard Qajar Album. Several works from the album will be displayed in the exhibition.

This project has been made possible in part by the Curatorial Support Fund established by Stan and Norma Jean Calderwood.

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