A View of Islam, 1961

This work and G1975.40 derive from a pardeh, or printed fabric panel, showing individual episodes that led to the martyrdom of the imam Hossein at Karbala in 680 A.D. Both scenes depict the cruelty inflicted upon the imam and his followers by the army of the Umayyad caliph. The harsh contrast in color, inherent to […]

Myth, 1961

Abby Grey met Tanavoli during the first of her many trips to Iran in 1960. She attended an exhibition at the Saderat Bank, organized by Tanavoli and his contemporaries, which displayed the latest developments in Iranian art. Myth captured Mrs. Grey’s attention immediately. She wrote in her diary, “I kept returning to a large painting […]