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Iranian/Persian Miniatures

I cannot get over the hierarchical structure in Persian miniatures where (in the absence of perspective) this effect is achieved solely through visual separators such as boxes and rules; often intricately placed inside each other or in overlapping layers - creating complex but very easy to navigate informational systems. And especially the way in which text and image is brought together... Of course, the same principles apply to all Islamic miniatures, including the Turkish ones. But putting all national possessiveness aside, I know that Persian Miniatures are the very cream of the crop!

I want to share a couple of links where I have seen some really good ones:

The first place is the Shogun Gallery (which incidentally is also great for Japanese Art). They will let you see a really nice big sized image, which is of course great! The following image is from their Persian Hall of Genre collection:


Second link is actually the category page on wikimedia commons for the Brooklyn Museum Collection, which is absolutely outstanding, and that is where the following two images come from:





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