Iran was home to some of the greatest civilizations of both the ancient and medieval worlds, but these achievements are now little known outside the country. Epic Iran brings together 250 fascinating objects and images to cast a rare light on 5,000 years of history, showing how civilized life emerged in Iran around 3,200 BC, and how a distinctive Iranian identity, formed 2,500 years ago, has survived until today, expressed through artistic continuities, religious affiliations and the Persian language. Lavishly illustrated, this magnificent and important book encompasses metalwork, ceramics, glass, illustrated manuscripts, textiles, carpets, oil paintings, drawings and photographs from collections around the world. It brings treasures from the ancient and Islamic worlds together with the work of contemporary artists and makers, demonstrating the rich legacy that still influences many modern-day practitioners.
Chosen by Rachel Campbell-Johnston as one of The Times best art books of 2021, 4th December 2021
About the Author
John Curtis is Academic Director of the Iran Heritage Foundation and former Keeper of the Middle East Department at the British Museum Ina Sarikhani Sandmann is co-founder of the Sarikhani Collection Tim Stanley is senior curator in the Asian Department at the V&A