February 24, 2019 13:32
News ID: 4448

(Persia Digest) – Iran has registered the acclaimed master of Persian painting Mahmoud Farshchian as a Living Human Treasure in a bid to register the art of Persian painting as a world heritage.

In the past couple of days, the art of Persian painting has been listed as a national heritage in Iran and the country is also trying to register it with Unesco.

Meanwhile, Turkey and the Republic of Azerbaijan have already been trying to enlist this as an art of their respective countries, but it was an aborted attempt due to measures taken by Iran such as presenting reliable documents which proved that the art of Persian painting is rooted in Iran.

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Now that the art of Persian painting, with a history of more than four centuries, has been registered by Iran’s national committee of intangible cultural heritage, the groundwork has been laid for its international registration.


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To prove that the art of Persian painting does not belong only to the past and is still alive in Iran, the country has made it clear in its documents that in addition to the use of Persian painting in paintings, the art is also used in Iranian handicrafts, engravings, textiles and handwoven carpets. As one of the most influential and important figures of the art of Persian painting in the world, Master Farshchian has been currently registered as a Living Human Treasure and bearer of cultural heritage. He is the first Persian painting artist to be registered on this list.


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Persia Digest (PD) reports that Persian painting which is mistakenly called miniature includes artworks from different eras of the Islamic history of Iran. It is mostly known by colorful illustrations in literary, scientific, technical and historical as well as some religious books. Persian painting is referred to a specific narrative and style which has been applied either in books and old calligraphic writings or on murals and canvas on a small scale.

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