Tuesday, March 6, 2007
An Iranian artist has created a gilded reproduction of lyrics by the persian poet Rumi to commemorate the bard's 800th birthday.
The laborious work took over a year to make. It is a sumptuous combination of traditional calligraphy, persian miniature painting, and intricate gilding.
Manuchehr Roshan-Ravan considered it an honor to portray Rumi's transcendental art, saying Rumi's poetry was worth all the work.
The 44-year-old artist has been producing painting, calligraphy, and gilded art since he was a teenager. In recent years he has created memorable works of art based on Quranic verses as well as poems by classical persian authors including Hafez, Sa'di and Omar Khayyam.