Synopses & Reviews
Russia and the republics of the former Soviet Union possess some of the most magnificent treasures of Persian art. Many of these works have been rarely seen and are published and catalogued here for the first time with an unsurpassed selection of color plates.
In an expansive introduction, Vladimir Loukonine, Director of the Oriental Art section of the Hermitage Museum, and his colleague Anatoli Ivanov have broadly documented the major developments of Persian art: from the first signs of civilisation on the plains of Iran some ten centuries BC up to the early twentieth century. In the second part of the book they have catalogued Persian art in the collections of the former Soviet Union giving their location, provenance, descriptions and biographies of the artists when known.
Persian Art demonstrates a common theme running through the art of the region during the past 3,000 years. Despite many religious and political upheavals, Persian art whether it is in its architecture, sculpture, frescoes, miniatures, porcelain, fabrics or rugs; whether in the work of the humble craftsmen or the high art of court painters displays a delicate touch and a subtle refinement that has had a profound influence on art throughout the world.