Persian Painting


Persian Painting

Persian Painting

The history of the art of painting in Iran goes back to the cave age. In the caves of “Lorestan” province, painted images of animals and hunting scenes have been discovered.

Cave painting in Lorestan Iran
               Cave painting in Lorestan Iran


Persian miniature

A Persian miniature is a small painting, whether a book illustration or a separate work of art intended to be kept in an album of such actions. The techniques are broadly comparable to the Western and Byzantine traditions of miniatures in illuminated manuscripts, which probably influenced the origins of the Persian culture.

Several features about Persian miniatures stand out. The first is the size and level of detail; many of these paintings are quite small, but they feature rich, complex scenes which can occupy a viewer for hours. Classically, a Persian miniature also features accents in gold and silver leaf, along with a very vivid array of colors. The perspective in a Persian miniature also tends to be very intriguing, with elements overlaid on each other in ways which sometimes feel awkward to people who are accustomed to the look and feel of Western art.

Many museums of Asian art have Persian miniatures in their collections, and it is well worth visiting to see examples of this distinctive art form in person. Persian miniatures also merit undivided attention; the longer one looks at a Persian miniature, the more details and themes emerge. The study of a single miniature can take up an entire day, as more and more details unfold, and many museums conveniently have detailed guides to the figures and themes in their Persian miniatures so that visitors can learn more about what they are seeing.

Content and form are fundamental elements of Persian miniature painting, and miniature artists are renowned for their modest, subtle use of color. The themes of Persian miniature are mostly related to Persian mythology and poetry. Western artists discovered the Persian miniature around the beginning of the 20th century. Persian miniatures use pure geometry and a vivid palette. The allure of Persian miniature painting lies in its absorbing complexities and in the surprising way it speaks to significant questions about the nature of art and the perception of its masterpieces.


Mr Farshchian Miniature Painting
Mr Farshchian Miniature Painting

Mahmoud Farshchian

Mahmoud Farshchian (born January 24, 1930) is a world-renowned master of Persian painting and miniatures. He was born in the city of Isfahan in Iran, a place famed for its art and artists, and it was here where he started to learn technique, painting, and sculpting.

His masterpieces have been hosted by several museums and exhibitions worldwide. He’s the most prominent modernizer of the field of miniatures, an art form which was first established in Ancient Persia and later spread to China and Turkey and other Middle Eastern countries.



Types of painting

  • Mosaic works
  • Tazhib
  • Caravan series
  • Safavid Styles
  • Gajar Styles
  • Nomads
  • Polo Games
  • Hunting
  • Poem
  • Stories
  • Black and white
  • Naghsh-e-Jahan Square
  • Personages
  • Flowers and birds
  • Old papers
Birds and Flower Painting
                       Birds and Flower Painting

Miniature paintings on different items 

Painting on camel bone 

  • Domed lid camel bone boxes
    Rectangular camel bone boxes
    camel bone pen holder / Pen case
    Camel bone decorative knife for Opening Envelope
    camel bone Sorme dan


Miniature Painting on Marble Stone

  • Stone Jewelry boxes
  • Stone Tissue Box


Painting on leaves / leaf

painting on Ostrich eggs

Painting on Ostrich egg
Painting on Ostrich egg




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