Harvard Art Museum to Present Qajar Era in an Exhibition

Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 15:08

Harvard Art Museum in the US is going to present notable and never before seen works of the Qajar era in an exhibition called 'Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran' on January 7, 2018.

The 19th century Iran is marked as an age of intensate image-making. With the unfolding of the new century, the new Qajar dynasty sought unification of the country that was torn apart by decades of civil war, Blouin Artinfo wrote.

'Technologies of the Image' brings together four principal art forms of 19th century Iran — lacquer, lithography, photography, and painting and drawing on paper.

The exhibition also has on showcase, almost 80 artworks, most of which have never been exhibited before. It includes illustrated books, album folios, pen boxes, mirror cases, single-sheet painted and printed images, and photographs.

Several of these objects are on loan from collections within Harvard University and other private and public collections in the United States and abroad.

Notable masters of the Qajar era such as Abu al-Hasan Ghaffari Sani' al-Mulk, Antoin Sevruguin, Mobarak Mirza Mahmud, Mirza Ali Quli Khaw'i, Mohammad Isma'il, Mohammadreza Imami, and members of the Najaf Ali circle of lacquer artists are represented in the exhibition.

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