Time: 10.30 for 10.45 – 3.30
Venue: Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury WC1N 3AT
Tutor: Chris Bradley
Cost: £36 (including coffee but excluding lunch)
Ancient monuments of Persia such as those at Persepolis are a unique blend of styles from Egypt, Greece and India with underlying Zoroastrian themes. In the 17th century, Persian Islamic art reached unparalleled heights, especially in Isfahan and Shiraz - atmospheric places which still delight visitors today.
Session One: Ancient Persia expanded to become the largest empire that the world had known; great monuments are still to be seen at Persepolis, Pasargad and Hamadan.
Session Two: The Persian Empire was ended by Alexander the Great, but Persian rule returned under the Parthians and Sassanians. Both fought the Romans and Byzantines until Islam arrived in the 7th century.
Session Three: The Safavids give us a wealth of beautifully decorated Islamic monuments and Iran is the only country with Shia Islam as its state religion.