SOAS University of London

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 Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Seminar

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

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