Illumination and Illustration

Adamova, A. T. Mediaeval Persian Painting: The Evolution of an Artistic Vision. Translated from the Russian and edited by J. M. Rogers. Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series 3. New York: Bibliotheca Persica, 2008.

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Barkeshli, Mandana. “Paint Palette Used by Iranian Masters Based on Persian Medieval Recipes.” Restaurator 34.2 (2013): 101-133.

Brend, Barbara. Muhammad Juki’s Shahnamah of Firdausi. London: Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, 2010.

Brown, Michelle P. Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, co-published by the British Library, 1994.

Ettinghausen, Richard. Arab Painting. Treasures of Asia. [Geneve:] Skira, 1962.

Gray, Basil. Persian Painting. Treasures of Asia. [Geneve:] Skira, 1961.

Islamic Painted Page.  Stephen Serpell’s database of references for paintings in manuscripts in Arabic script, dated from 700 to 1750, is supported by the Iran Heritage Foundation.  The website was launched in 2014, and is available at:

Jakobi-Mirwald, Christine. Buchmalerei: Ihre Terminologie in der Kunstgeschichte. Berlin: Reimers, 1991.

Soucek, Priscilla P. “Persian Literature and the Arts of the Book,” in General Introduction to Persian Literature, ed. J. T. P. de Bruijn: 385-407.  History of Persian Literature 1. London: Tauris, 2009.


Dagmar A. Riedel

Last updated, 18 October 2016

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