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The Making of the Artist in Late Timurid Painting

Lamia Balafrej


This book constitutes the first exploration of artistic self-reflection in Islamic art. In the absence of a tradition of self-portraiture, how could artists signal their presence within a painting? Centred on late Timurid manuscript painting (ca. 1470-1500), this book reveals that pictures could function as the painter’s delegate, charged with the task of centring and defining artistic work, even as they did not represent the artist’s likeness. Influenced by the culture of the majlis, an institutional gathering devoted to intricate literary performances and debates, late Timurid painters used ... More

Keywords: Authorship, Self-reflection, Persian painting, Bihzad, Majlis, Late Timurid Herat, Cairo Bustan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474437431
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474437431.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lamia Balafrej, author
University of California, Los Angeles