Unknown (Persian, Safavid, Shiraz), Majnun in the wilderness, surrounded by animals (from a Khamsa of Nizami manuscript), ca. 1560, opaque watercolor on paper, heightened with gold, Bequest of Mrs. Horace W. Frost. (91.15.58)._x1200

Teaching with Art: The Persian Image

February 2, 2013 - August 18, 2013

WCMA’s collection of Persian painting figures prominently in Holly Edwards’ classes on the role of images in the Islamic world. By exhibiting our holdings with works on loan from the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Professor Edwards will invite graduate students in Art History 564, “Seeing is (perhaps not) Believing,” to consider painting and photography as disparate manifestations of a long image-making tradition.  Students will grapple with questions of medium, figuration, visual convention, and religious conviction.