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Journal:   ISLAMIC ART   FALL 2006-WINTER 2007 , Volume 3 , Number 5; Page(s) 45 To 72.
 
Paper: 

TAHMASEBI SHAHNAMEH; THE MASTERPIECE OF ILLUSTRATING THE TABRIZ SCHOOL

 
 
Author(s):  SEDAGHAT FATEMEH*
 
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Abstract: 

Among the Shahnameh manuscripts that were composed and illustrated in various periods, by the order of kings, Tahmasebi Shahnameh has a high artistic significance compared to other manuscripts. This manuscript is considered a unique and exquisite work of art in the Safavid era. Splendid and magnificent paintings exist in this manuscript which resembles the style of Tabriz school. This Shahnameh was probably established and the end of the reign of Shah Ismaeel by the royal workshop. It took almost twenty years to illustrate this manuscript and in composing it; the most influential and leading artists including Sultan Mohammad and Agha Mirak participated.
The above mentioned manuscript, has 258 pages of painting that 118 pages of these paintings are kept in Tehran’s contemporary museum of art and rest are diffused around the world without no exact information about them. In the midst of tenth-century, the Tahmasebi Shahnameh was sent to the court of the Ottoman Empire as an official gift from Shah Tahmasb. Later on, a famous collector bought the entire collection and in 1959 it came into Hottan’s possession and consequently after that, it was famous for Hottan Shahnameh.
This essay will achieve the following aims:
To introduce the Tahmasebi Shahnameh manuscript.
To identify and study the paintings regarding their concept and technique.
And it would answer the following question:
Under what circumstances was the Tahmasebi Shahnameh illustrated and what are its most significant characteristics?

 
Keyword(s): TAHMASEBI SHAHNAMEH, TABRIZ SCHOOL, SAFAVID PERIOD, IRANIAN PAINTING
 
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