Architecture in medieval Persian painting: fact or fantasy?
14/02/2018 6:30pm

How did Persian painters tackle both the depiction of architecture and the actual process of construction? Several scholars have studied the first topic, but very few have investigated the second. In neither case is the term "realism" appropriate, but the conventions for depicting architecture in Persian painting are a fascinating study in themselves, while close analysis of three later medieval paintings of workmen on building sites reveals many surprises. The lecture will show how comfortably Persian painters operated within what to a Western eye might seem like constricting conventions.

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Robert Hillenbrand

United Kingdom



Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP


Iran Heritage Foundation