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Master Calligrapher Hossein Mirkhani’s Works on Display

Master Calligrapher Hossein Mirkhani’s Works on DisplayMaster Calligrapher Hossein Mirkhani’s Works on Display

A calligraphy exhibition showcasing artworks created by the late master calligrapher Seyed Hossein Mirkhani (1907-1982) is underway at Tarane Baran Art Gallery in Tehran.

An expert in Nastaliq script, Mirkhani was one of the founders and also teacher at Iran’s Association of Calligraphers (established in 1950), ISNA reported.

Born in Tehran, he learned calligraphy from his father and started producing handwritten books, when he was just 11 years.

He wrote the Qur’an with Nastaliq script twice, first in 1944 and later in 1949 with a larger script, and for doing so received a letter of commendation from Al-Azhar University of Egypt.

As an instructor, he trained lots of students; many of them became masters of Persian calligraphy later including Gholam Hossein Amirkhani.

Besides calligraphy, he was also a virtuoso in playing kamancheh (knee fiddle).

Due to diabetes, he lost his eyesight in 1979 and lived the last three years of his life sightless. In 1989, an Iranian stamp was printed in his memory.

Tarane Baran Art Gallery focuses mainly on Iranian-Islamic art. It organized the first auction of calligraphy and painting titled ‘Baran Auction’ last year.

The exhibit is open to the public through February 11 at the gallery located at No. 27, Ladan Alley, Sharifimanesh St., Pol-Roumi St., Shariati St.

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