Review of Oleg Grabar, Mostly Miniatures: An Introduction to Persian Painting, and Robert Hillenbrand, ed., Persian Painting from the Mongols to the Qajars: Studies in Honor of Basil W. Robinson

Riedel, Dagmar A.

In 2000, two books about Persian painting were published in English that together provide a survey of the latest research on this field of Islamic art. Moreover, they are important contributions to research on the production of illustrated and illuminated codices as luxury items in Islamicate Persian culture, and thus indicate the growing importance of Islamic codicology. Both volumes are richly illustrated, and their illustrations constitute an important source for Persian painting because the delicate condition of works on paper causes scholars great practical difficulties in examining originals, be they held in public or private collections. Therefore, the two books are also of interest for historians who work primarily with written sources.


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August 29, 2012