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June 19, 2006
David J. Roxburgh The Persian Album,1400–1600: From Dispersal to Collection New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004. 384 pp.; 51 color ills.; 125 b/w ills. Cloth $65.00 (0300103255)
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From Dispersal to Collection, the subtitle of David Roxburgh’s The Persian Album, 1400–1600, cleverly alludes to several different aspects of this beautifully produced book on the albums of the court elite in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Iran. Its multivalent resonance hints at the text’s intellectual richness. Building on the foundations of codicology, Roxburgh shows that the albums themselves reveal how aesthetics and art history were understood in Timurid and Safavid court culture. At the simplest level,...