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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Thoughts About the Poetics of Space in Persian Paintings

Rachel Milstein (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Date: 1 May 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 1 May 2014Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: B102

Type of Event: Seminar

Series: Research Seminar in Islamic Art and Archaeology

A study of the representation of space in Islamic painting cannot be based on concepts borrowed from the pre-modern European art. An examination of Persian painting in terms of linear perspective does not work. I therefore propose to adopt certain ideas from modern and post-modern theories of literary criticism, especially Narratology, and to adapt them as useful methods for the analysis of our paintings. My presentation will start from a more traditional study of the relationship between the illustration, the text and the codex and will proceed to certain poetic devices employed by the painters.

Organiser: Anna Contadini

Contact email: ac24@soas.ac.uk