Persian miniatures
A Persian miniature is a small painting on paper, whether a book illustration or a separate work of art intended to be kept in an album of such works called a muraqqa. The techniques are broadly comparable to the Western and Byzantine traditions of miniatures in illuminated manuscripts. Although there is an equally well-established Persian tradition of wall-painting, the survival rate and state of preservation of miniatures is better, and miniatures are much the best-known form of Persian painting in the West. Miniature painting became a significant Persian genre in the 13th century, receiving Chinese influence after the Mongol conquests.
Alexander building a wall against Gog and Magog
Ali Naqi Woman holding a cup and a decanter 1681
Assassin fortress of Alamut. Persian miniature 15th century
Ayaz kneeling before Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni. A miniature painting from a fifteenth century manuscript of six poems by
Farid al-Din 'Attar
Persian miniature in qahveh-khaneh
Dancing girl Persian hermitage
Hulagu Khan Destroy the Fort at Alamut c1596
Farhad meets Shirin
Hafiz Prince Entertained on a Terrace
Female dancers and musicians 18th century
Yusuf and Zulaikha
Islamic Adam & Eve
Nasir al-Din al-Tusi at the observatory in Maragha
Khusraw surprises Shirin bathing. Khamsa. Tabriz
Mohammed Splits the Moon. Illustration taken from a Falnameh a sixteenth century Persian book of prophesies
Persian angel 1555
Persian miniature
Persian miniature
Shafi Abbasi bird on a flowering branch
Shah Abbas and Wine Boy
Sultan Muhammed, from the Khamsa of Nizami
Winter Landscape From the Sarai Albums. Tabriz, middle of 14th century
The poet Sa'di converses by night with a young friend in a garden Miniature from Gulistan Sa'di Herat 1427