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Sneak Peek - The Ezzat-Malek Soudavar Shahnama: Illustrating Firdawsi’s Book of Kings in the Early Qajar Period
Eclipsed by the rise of oil painting on canvas, nineteenth-century manuscript painting in Iran has so far attracted little scholarly attention. An unpublished volume of Firdawsi’s Shahnama (Book of Kings), formerly in the collection of Ezzat-Malek Soudavar, offers new perspectives on the genre during the reign of Fath-‘Ali Shah Qajar (1797–1834), when artistic production received not only royal patronage but also strong support from the Qajar and urban elites. In this talk, assistant curator Simon Rettig will present his research on the forty-seven illustrations added sometime between 1810 and 1830 to the manuscript originally copied in the early seventeenth century.

May 11, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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