The Arts Society, Chiswick lecture: The Magnificence of Persia: the art of Isfahan, Shiraz and ancient Persepolis

8.00pm, Thursday 12 July

The lectures are held in the Malinova Room at The Polish Centre (POSK), 238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 0RF.

Tonight’s lecture is on The Magnificence of Persia: the art of Isfahan, Shiraz and ancient Persepolis. Many Persian art forms predate the Arab conquest, but as their peak was reached within the Islamic era, religious influences are rarely completely absent. Calligraphy, geometrical patterns and Islamic architecture combined to reach unparalleled heights in the 17th century in a series of highly decorated palaces and mosques in Isfahan, at that time, one of the largest cities in the world. Throughout many centuries of occupation, it has been the respected poets who have kept the traditions of the Persian language and religion alive, particularly Sufism. Sa’di is the Persian equivalent of Shakespeare, and with his successor Hafez, both have ornate mausoleums in Shiraz. This lecture will explore the ancient monuments of Persia and Islamic art.

Tonight’s lecturer Christopher Bradley is an expert in the history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. As a professional tour guide and lecturer he has led groups throughout the Middle East and Asia. Has written extensively on Arabia and is the author of The Discovery Guide to Yemen, Insight Guide to the Silk Road and Berlitz Guides to Libya; The Red Sea; Cairo; Abu Dhabi and Nile Cruising. As a photographer he has pictures represented in four photographic libraries. He has lectured to the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Institute of British Architects, amongst others. As a film producer and cameraman he has made documentaries for the BBC, National Geographic TV and Channel 4.

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