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Khamsa of Nizami, Herat, 1494: Construction of the Castle of Khawarnaq, painted by Bihzad

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Title: Khamsa of Nizami, Herat, 1494: Construction of the Castle of Khawarnaq, painted by Bihzad
Author(s): Gray, Basil
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mediaeval painting;paintings;miniatures;book scan
Description: This slide and the following one are both genre scenes and full of movement
there is little imaginative content, and the interest of the composition is largely formal. For all the activity of the numerous figures, it is the ladder and scaffolding in the first, and the hanging blue towels in the second, which are the keys to the curiously square pictures. For all their apparent realism these pages are as near abstract flat pattern as anything in Persian painting. The figures are so arranged that there is plenty of space for the internal rhythms in the comparatively open composition. Bihzad shows his genius for composition in the way that he has invented here so many poses and groupings that were to become the stock-in-trade of the Persian school during almost a hundred years. In the construction scene most of the figures form pairs in reciprocal action, thus producing a dynamic pattern of movement which is all contained within the margins and thus built up into a complex of intense energy. -- 7 x 5.25".
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-4301


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