Lecture: “What Problems does the Great Mongol Shahnama Pose?”
Robert Hillenbrand (University of Edinburgh)
IAMCC Distinguished Lecture
The Great Mongol Shahnama signaled an extraordinary chapter in the visual culture of Iran. Begun in the 1330s in Tabriz during the reign of the Mongol ruler Abu Sa’id, the manuscript was dismembered and dispersed in the early 20th century. The Great Mongol Shahnama is characterized by its large-scale folios and unprecedented innovations such as the development of pictorial space, an expanded range of emotional expression, experiments in composition and format, and a radical approach to colour co-ordination and contrast. This masterclass explores some of the problems that the 58 surviving paintings pose including the manuscript’s identity, reception, styles(s), and the artistic milieu of its production.
RSVP required (limited spaces available). (NOTE: registration for this event is now closed.) Upon registration, participants will receive an email with suggested readings and an opportunity to submit advance questions.
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