Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Iran to exhibit Shahnameh-inspired art

'The Battle of Lion and the Horse' by Majid Mehregan
'The Battle of Lion and the Horse' by Majid Mehregan

Tehran's Saba Art and Culture Institute is set to hold an exhibition of works by veteran Iranian artists to commemorate Persian epic poet Ferdowsi.

The event will display miniatures, paintings and sculptures by artists such as Majid Mehregan, Abbas Rostamian, Mahin Afshanpour, Rahim Charkhi and Parvin Haseli.
The exhibit, which will kick off on May 12, will present artworks inspired by Ferdowsi's Shahnameh (The Book of Kings).

Shahnameh is a classic among epic Persian poetry and recounts Iran's mythical and historical past. The book was written in Persian at a time when Arabic was the main scientific and literary language of Iran.

The romance of Zal and Rudaba, the Seven Stages (or Labors) of Rostam, Rostam and Sohrab, Siavash and Sudaba, Rostam and Akvan Div, the romance of Bizhan and Manizheh and Rostam and Esfandyar are among the most popular Shahnameh stories.

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