Housed in the Hermitage Museum along with other
institutes, libraries, and museums in Russia and the
republics of the former Soviet Union are some of the most
magnificent treasures of Persian Art. For the most part, many
of these works have been lost, but have been catalogued
and published here for the first time with an unsurpassed
selection of colour plates.
In a comprehensive introduction, Vladimir Lukonin,
Director of the Oriental Art section of the Hermitage
Museum, and his colleague Anatoli Ivanov have broadly
documented the major developments of Persian Art: from the
first signs of civilisation on the plains of Iran around the 10th
century BCE through the early 20th century. In the second
part of the book they have catalogued Persian Art giving
locations, origins, descriptions, and artist biographies
Persian Art demonstrates a common theme which runs
through the art of the region over the past three millennia.
Despite many religious and political upheavals, Persian Art ??
whether in its architecture, sculpture, frescoes, miniatures,
porcelain, fabrics, or rugs; whether in the work of the
humble craftsmen or the high art of court painters ?? displays
the delicate touch and subtle refinement which has had a
profound influence on art throughout the world.