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Behind the Veil: The Arts of Islamic Persia

Lecturer: John Osborne

Iran has a sophisticated cultural heritage ignored in the headlines.  The main part of the lecture illustrates the development of the spectacular architecture in the mosques and palaces of Iran, with an emphasis on their brilliant tilework and painting, through the Islamic period until the end of the 19th century.  There are mentions of some of Persia’s classic gardens, and the art of book illustration is also included, with beautiful examples from the classic period of Persian miniature painting.

The lecture mentions the geographical and political background, explains how the Shi’a form of Islam originated and became the ruling creed in the late 20th century Iran of Aytollah Khomeini, and thus puts the contemporary situation in the context of the country’s fascinating and significant cultural history.