The Shahnameh (“Book of Kings”) is an epic poem that narrates the history of Persia from its legendary origins to the Arab conquest of the seventh century. Written by the poet Ferdowsi between 977 and 1010, this masterpiece of 50,000 verses attracted the patronage of rulers in Greater Iran over the last millennium. Hundreds of illuminated manuscripts were commissioned, and they are some of the best visual sources on the material culture of the medieval Islamic world. Persian kings are dressed as medieval Islamic rulers placed within settings that resemble Ottoman and Safavid palaces. This exhibition explores the rich illuminations of the Shahnameh, and the Islamic art and architecture that they represent.
Curated by the students of ARHS115: Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture.
Opening Reception: Monday, December 2, 4:10–6:00 pm.
Friday, December 6, 2019
Gund Gallery, Meier-Draudt Classroom GAL103
101 1/2 College Drive Gambier, Ohio 43022