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The making of the artist in late Timurid painting / Lamia Balafrej.

Author/Creator:
Balafrej, Lamia, author.
Publication:
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2019.
Series:
Edinburgh studies in Islamic art
Edinburgh studies in Islamic art
Format/Description:
Book
xiii, 260 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Subjects:
Islamic illumination of books and manuscripts.
Art, Middle Eastern.
Timurids -- History.
Art, Middle Eastern.
Islamic illumination of books and manuscripts.
Timurids.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
"In the absence of a tradition of self-portraiture, how could artists signal their presence within a painting? Centred on late Timurid manuscript painting (ca. 1470-1500), this book reveals that pictures could function as the painter's delegate, charged with the task of centring and defining artistic work, even as they did not represent the artist's likeness. Influenced by the culture of the majlis, an institutional gathering devoted to intricate literary performances and debates, late Timurid painters used a number of strategies to shift manuscript painting from an illustrative device to a self-reflective object, designed to highlight the artist's imagination and manual dexterity. These strategies include visual abundance, linear precision, the incorporation of inscriptions addressing aspects of the painting and the artist's signature. Focusing on one of the most iconic manuscripts of the Persianate tradition, the Cairo Bustan, made in late Timurid Herat and bearing the signatures of the painter Bihzad, this book argues that Bihzad's paintings defined authorship as making: at once an imaginative process and a manual endeavour."--Book jacket.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
1474437435
9781474437431
OCLC:
1039932134
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