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Behzad Paintings in Toronto

Behzad Paintings in Toronto Behzad Paintings in Toronto

Toronto’s newly opened Aga Khan Museum aims to showcase Islamic civilization’s contributions to world heritage, and among them, Persian art takes a prominent place.

The works of the great Iranian painter, Kamal al-Din Behzad is displayed in a special feature of the museum called ‘In Search of the Artist,’ alluding to the tradition of keeping the artist’s identity unknown during the Islamic Art’s Golden Age, Honaronline reported.

The stellar works of art in the special feature depict a wide range of themes with extraordinary feat. Through signature and style, they have been attributed to renowned artists living in Iran, India, and Central Asia from the 15th to 17th centuries: the golden age of the arts.

The works reveal a wealth of information about the artists and the transfer of artistic influence across generations and geographic borders. Tracing these stories illuminates the social context the artists worked in and the traditions that affected their practice.  

 Museum Mission

According to Linda Milrod, director of exhibitions, the museum’s mission is to highlight the “contribution that Islamic civilizations have made to world heritage.”

The exhibition opened its door to viewers on September 18 and will run until November 16. Behzad’s paintings are part of the museum’s permanent collection of over 1,000 objects that include masterpieces which reflect a broad range of artistic styles and materials.  

Behzad is the most famous artist of miniature paintings and lived during the late Timurid and early Safavid periods (1450 –1535). His famous works include “The Seduction of Yusuf” from Sa’di’s Bustan of 1488, and paintings from Nizami’s manuscript of 1494-95, particularly scenes from ‘Layla and Majnoon’ and ‘Haft Paykar.’