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Seller: ancientgifts (4,259) 99.4%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122092846597 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Persian Painting: Five Royal Safavid Manuscripts of the Sixteenth Century by Suart Welch. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Softcover. Publisher: George Brazilier (1996). Pages: 128. Size: 11 x 8 inches; 1¼ pounds.. CONDITION: LIKE NEW. Unread (albeit shelfworn) oversized softcover. George Brazilier (1996) 128 pages. Book appears to be unread. There’s no reading crease. of course it's possible it may have been flipped through once or twice while in the bookstore, but there's no indication of the book actually having been read. Inside the pages are clean, unmarked, unmutilated, crisp, tightly bound. Outside there is modest edge and corner shelfwear to the cover extremities (corners, spine head and heel). No tears of course, no significant creases. It just looks like it spent 20 years on a bookshelf. Keeping in mind that this is an oversized softcover that is twenty years old, the overall condition of the book is relatively consistent with what might pass as new (albeit shelfworn) stock from an open-shelf bookstore environment such as Barnes & Noble or B. Dalton), where patrons are permitted to browse new books and so otherwise "new" books might show minor signs of handling/browsing, simply as a consequence of being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Meticulous and accurate descriptions! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. We accept returns for any reason within 14 days! #1277a. PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTIONS AND IMAGES BELOW FOR DETAILED REVIEWS AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEWS: REVIEW: The sixteenth century saw a flowering of classical painting in Persia. Art flourished under the aegis of the Shahs, and the pages reproduced in this volume represent the most unusual and dazzling miniatures in these Safavid manuscripts. Within settings exquisitely portrayed, a world of great luxury and delicacy unfolds on every folio as palaces open onto fountains and gardens, lovers and warriors sigh or are vanquished - all realized in shimmering, jewel like paintings that delight the eye and please the mind. Stuart Cary Welch, Honorary Curator of Manuscripts at the Harvard College Library and Lecturer in the Fine Arts at Harvard University, traces the historical development of the Safavid Rule and clarifies the fine points of each miniature reproduced here." Softcover, 8 x 11 inches, 127 pages; includes 48 color plates, numerous black & white illustrations, and commentary. REVIEW: Welch was born to a prominent family in Buffalo, New York. He began collecting drawings by Indian artists as a boy. He earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Harvard University in 1950, then did graduate work there in classical art. Because they offered no Indian or Islamic art courses at the time, he became an autodidact. His first paid position at Harvard was in 1956, as honorary assistant keeper of Islamic Art at the Fogg Museum. He later developed one of the first curricula for Islamic and Indian art. He was curator of Islamic and Later Indian art at the Harvard Art Museum, and from 1979 to 1987, he was also special consultant for the department of Islamic art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Welch taught at Harvard until his retirement in 1995, and he donated much of his collection to the school. A resident of New Hampshire, Welch died in 1998 of a heart attack while traveling in Hokkaido, Japan. The remainder of his personal collection was auctioned by Sotheby's in 2011. On 6 April 2011, a single page from the Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasp (The Houghton Shahnameh) of which Welch was the leading scholar, was sold for 7.4 million pounds ($12 million). REVIEW: Michael Barry, born in New York City in 1948, raised in France, now lectures at Princeton University, his alma mater, on the traditional and modern cultures of Iran and especially Afghanistan. Barry is widely published and holds six literary prizes. Stuart Cary Welch, former curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art at Harvard University's Fogg and Sackler Museums, is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost specialists of Persian and Mughal painting. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Reproductions of outstanding manuscript miniatures painted during Persia's sixteenth-century Safavid Rule are accompanied by commentaries on the historical, formal, and stylistic fine points of each Outstanding color illustrations. Professor Welch’s commentary is superb. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Mention the words "Safavi" or "Safavid" to people in the West and you will most likely get a blank stare in return, but this Iranian dynasty presided over a great cultural flowering in literature and architecture as well as in art. Stuart Cary Welch produced a beautiful introductory guide to some of the beauties of that era, taking illustrations from several famous books and collections of the 16th century height of Safavid glory. While the political history of the time in Iran, Central Asia and Afghanistan (all parts of the Persian world in a cultural sense) was full of battles, massacres, sieges and sudden changes of rule-very much like Europe at the same time-the delicacy of Persian art knew no bounds. Brilliant, jewel-like colors, striking designs, and bold displays of mythical heroes touched in gold and surrounded with the miniature figures of the Persian court world appear on the pages of this book that is guaranteed to satisfy. Chinese-style rocks and trees mingle with Islamic calligraphy and Persian legends. While this book reproduces the illustrations both in full and in detail, the text is only the slightest of introductions to what can be a consuming study for any lover of art at its greatest. Buyers of this book will want to look further. May I suggest Anthony Welch's two books "Artists for the Shah" and "Shah `Abbas and the Arts of Isfahan", "Persian Drawings" by B. W. Robinson, and "Persian Painting" by Basil Gray. Another related volume, a treat for anyone interested in Persian art, would be "Isfahan: Pearl of Persia" by Wilfred Blunt and W. Swan. REVIEW: Stuart Cary Welch is an art historian (I think he taught at Harvard, but I'm not sure) who loves his work, and it clearly shows in this volume. The pictures are exquisite, the reproductions are beautiful, but the best part is the commentary: his only goal is to make the work -- and the stories the pictures tell, for they are all essentially book illustrations -- as much a pleasure to the audience as it was to him. He could not wear his learning more lightly nor with more enthusiasm, and yet it is clear he must know everything there is to know about this culture. Right after you get this, you'll immediately go right back to Amazon to get a copy of the Shah-Nama, the marvelous epic Iranian poem that so many of the splendid miniatures in this volume illustrate. REVIEW: This is a glorious, and gorgeous, book of 48 reproductions of Persian minatures, dealing with subjects as disparate as Alexander the Great (called Iskander in Persia) and Layla and Majnoon, the classic love story of ancient Persia. Almost without meaning to, the reader absorbs a fair amount of Persian legends, most of which are taken from the Shanameh. I don't usually like art books (they're too big, too heavy and too pretentious) but Persian Painting is one of a kind. You will not regret buying it, and you will look at it again and again. The color and quality is luscious, the (fairly short) texts describing each plate are informative without being boring, and some of the pictures are absolutely stunning. I bought two copies, and cut out 3 of my favorite paintings, which are now framed and are hanging on the wall opposite as I write this review. REVIEW: A brief history of Persian miniature and painters were covered in the introduction. The paintings attributed to painters of early Safavid such as Sultan Muhammad, Aqa Mirak, Mirza Ali, Shaykh Zadeh and etc. were presented in an orderly fashion. Eight of these miniature paintings belong to Shahnameh of Ferdowsi (Houghton), four to collected poems of Ali Shir Nawai, four to Diwan of Hafiz, nine miniature belongs to Khamsa of Nezami and finally eleven miniature paintings from Haft Awrang of Jami presented well in color print in this book. No in depth analysis of Persian miniature paintings covered there. REVIEW: This is my go-to resource for Persian paintings right now. There are color images on every page, as well as close-ups on various details. I wish there were more information; however, strictly as a visual resource, this is fantastic! REVIEW: This is an excellent book by Stuart Cary Welch. Lots of beautiful miniatures featured in full color. REVIEW: Five stars! It is a priceless book. I ordered a second copy for my daughter to learn about Iranian arts . It is very informative and helpful. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). 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