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کیمیای هنر 2012, 1(2): 87-108 Back to browse issues page
Garden Yearning – Desire for Paradise in Iranian Abstract Art With Reliance on Āšūrāī Flags
Davoud Mirzaei
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Focusing on āšūrāī flags, this article studies the issue of garden yearning (Hasrat-e Bagh) or desire for paradise (Tamannay-e Maynoo) as a main incentive in abstract art of Iran. For this purpose, a comparative and analytic comparison is made between āšūrāī flags and Iranian landscape architecture (or Iranian garden) on the basis of two main factors, i.e. climatic conditions of Iran – land and manifestation of beliefs. The reference to and reflection of this desire in different Iranian – Islamic arts including illumination and painting are demonstrated and then evident similarities of these two cases are studied showing that the common spirit among all these arts is that of garden yearning/desire for paradise. In summary, regarding climatic and ideological considerations in the unconscious mind of Iranian artist, the presence of an ideal image or pleasant paradise has always been effective on his artifacts and hence all of his arts pertain somehow to this yearning, thirst and desire for returning and eternal residence in 7 that evergreen garden. Meanwhile, symbols applied in āšūrāī flags are affected by specifications of Iranian garden and that’s because of their relationship with religious beliefs and the embodied nostalgic image of that eternal and pleasant home which reflects the nature of this nostalgic desire more clearly than other Iranian art varieties.
Keywords: garden-paradise (Bagh-Behesht), desire for paradise (Tamannay-e Maynoo), āšūrāī flags, Iranian landscape architecture, Iranian abstract art
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2012/08/1
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Mirzaei D. Garden Yearning – Desire for Paradise in Iranian Abstract Art With Reliance on Āšūrāī Flags. کیمیای هنر. 2012; 1 (2) :87-108
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