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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Islamic Painting

Course Code:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
Unit value:
Year of study:
Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year
This course deals with the history of painting in the Iranian world from the Ilkhanid to the Qajar (14th to 19th centuries) and in the Ottoman Empire (16th to 19th C.). Beside miniature painting other aspects of pictorial art in various media including ceramics and lacquer are discussed.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

On completion of this course, which focuses on ceramics, glass and metalwork, the student should:

  • be able to identify objects of art and material culture in terms of their material and technique, and the period and place of their production;
  • recognize styles and the circumstances of their development and tell about possible influences of other arts;
  • be able to place the objects of study in the larger context of Islamic art and culture, and be aware of scholarly debates or controversies regarding them.

Method of assessment

Exam 80%, Coursework 20% (3 pieces)

Suggested reading

  • Thomas Arnold, Painting in Islam, Oxford, 1929, repr. 1974.
  • Nuhan Atasoy and Filiz Cagman, Turkish Miniature Painting, Istanbul, 1974
  • Sheila Blair, ' Paterns of Patronage and Production in Ilkhanid Iran' in: Julian Raby and Teresa Fitzherbert (eds.), The Court of the Ilkhans (1290-1340), Oxford, 1996.
  • Sheila Canby, Persian Painting, The British Museum, London, 1993.
  • Sheila Canby, The Golden Age of Persian Art, London, 1999.
  • J.M. Rogers, F. Cagman and Z. Tanindi,, Topkapi: The Albums and Illustrated Manuscripts, London, 1986.
  • Eleanor Sims with Boris Marshak, Peerless Images: Persian Painting and its Sources, New Haven/London, 2002.
  • Norah M. Titley, Persian Miniature Painitng and its Influence on the Art of Turkey and India, The British Library, 1983.