Thursday, September 20, 2007

Traditional Iranian Art Fading Away?

Illumination and miniature paintings are an important part of Iran's cultural heritage. In fact, the Iranian Cultural Continent is home to one of the richest art heritages in world history and encompasses many disciplines including architecture, painting, weaving, pottery, calligraphy, metalworking and stone masonry. The image is an example of an Iranian miniature painting of the Qajari style (also referred to as "Coffee House painting"). Paintings of this style are a blend of European influences and Safavid miniature schools of painting. Image: Mollahs in the presence of a Safavi King, Iran. Artist is unknown.

This image is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. This applies to the United States, Canada, the European Union and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 70 years.
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