October 21, 2021
Persian carries with it a long history of vivid storytelling, of poetic power, and of beautiful books. Today, Persian is the language of Iran, but it has long been in an impressive geographic range and for diverse texts and traditions. During the Middle Ages, a virtuosic tradition of miniature painting was cultivated in Persian manuscript production which endured well into the modern period. Mesmerizing use of pattern, color, and composition marks an illumination practice with many beautiful witnesses still extant in the twenty-first century.