THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2009/2010
Persian Painting (P03487)
This course traces the development of Persian painting from its emergence in the wake of the Mongol invasions until the apogee of its classical style at the turn of the 16th century. Focusing on a cultural area stretching from Baghdad to Samarqand, it explores the way in which this masterly tradition was gradually articulated by a succession of patrons, artists and ateliers. We will investigate the fertile encounter of the Arab pictorial tradition with the arts of China and Europe during Mongol rule; the refinement of this style under the descendants of Timur in Central Asia; and its culmination with their successors in Iran. Among the major themes considered will be cultural exchange and the relation between painting, literature and society.
Home subject area
? Normal year taken : Postgraduate
? Contact Teaching Time : 2 hour(s) per week for 11 weeks
First Class Information
All of the following classes
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The course has several aims. Students are expected to gain an understanding of the major phases of classical Persian painting and learn how to read works of art as witnesses of the society that produced them. They will thereby apply the skills acquired in earlier years to a unique facet of Islamic culture: visual analysis, the articulation of clear and concise arguments, acquainting oneself with a body of specialised literature in a short period of time and adopting a critical stance towards the printed word. The course will also involve firsthand experience of illustrated manuscripts at Edinburgh University Library.
4,000 word essay
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Mrs Lucy Hawkins
Dr Alain George
Course Website : http://www.arthistory.ed.ac.uk/
School Website : http://www.ace.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/