illustrating the Shahnama

A millennium ago, the Persian poet Firdawsi completed his epic poem the Shahnama. Artists instantiated this lengthy verbal text in illustrated books.  Lavishly illustrated pages from Shahnamas produced for wealthy patrons from the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries are displayed in the exhibition Shahnama: 1000 Years of the Persian Book of Kings, now at the Sackler … Continue reading illustrating the Shahnama

the fine art of coloring

Could a green light signal stop? Could a red light signal continue naturally?  Perhaps, but the colors used for traffic lights seem to have deeper psychological significance than merely a social convention.[1] From early mass market prints to modern display devices, the details of coloring do not greatly affect the strong human preference for colored … Continue reading the fine art of coloring