Prefacing the Image: The Writing of Art History in Sixteenth-Century Iran (Muqarnas #9) (Hardcover)

Prefacing the Image: The Writing of Art History in Sixteenth-Century Iran (Muqarnas #9) Cover Image
Special Order


This book studies developments in art historical writing and factors which shaped the album preface. The prefaces were written in Persian between ca. 1491 and 1609 to introduce albums of calligraphy, painting, and drawing assembled for Safavid rulers and courtiers. Approaches to the study of these sources are examined, followed by an analysis of the sociohistorical court-centered context; the circumstances of the texts' composition, reception, and literary dimensions; and their art historical formation and content. It ends with an interpretation of calligrapher Dust Muhammad's preface and his conceptualization of a history and aesthetics of depiction. The book is the first to study the prefaces collectively and in relationship to other cultural practices. It also draws on a wide variety of additional primary sources. It includes forty illustrations and several tables.

About the Author

David J. Roxburgh, Ph.D. (1996) in History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, is Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University. He has published on arts of the book and albums, mainly form Iran and Central Asia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9789004113763
ISBN-10: 9004113762
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Publication Date: December 7th, 2000
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Muqarnas