Iran is blessed with an astonishing cultural heritage from antiquity, including the Sasanian rock reliefs at Taq-e Bustan, and the ruined Achaemenid palaces of Persepolis, both UNESCO listed. This lecture examines how these great monuments of carved stone have long entered the visual history of Persian poetry, through manuscript paintings dating from Jalayirid to Safavid times, in the immortal story of the stone-carver Farhad. The resonant stones of Persepolis acquired a new mobility in the early seventeenth century, which may be reflected in contemporary Isfahan painting.
Dr Moya Carey joined the Chester Beatty in September 2018 as Curator of Islamic Collections. She was previously IHF Curator for the Iranian Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (2009–2018). Her research interests include the visual culture of Iran, architectural salvage in nineteenth-century Egypt, and the history of collecting.
The talk will be followed by a wine reception
Location: Lecture Theatre Chester Beatty