Manuscript illumination, which has been emerged with abstract and naturalistic features, is considered a national art in Afghanistan. In addition to being used for various purposes, it has been mainly used for decoration of religious, scholarly, and historical manuscripts. The content of this course addresses two main objectives: (a) contemporary manuscript illumination of Herat—focusing on principles of Herat Timurid School of Art (b) contemporary manuscript illumination of Herat in accordance to the contemporary manuscript illumination structures and forms of Herat. This is an introductory course to manuscript illuminations. Those who are interested in art can take this course; they are not required to be art majors. This course will be taught by Professor Ahmad Shoaib Saljoqi, who has designed and decorated hundreds of illuminated manuscripts.
Introduction to manuscript illumination
History of manuscript illumination.
Characteristics of Herat contemporary manuscript illumination
Required tools and materials for the course
Preparing background of a paper for manuscript illumination
Coloring the paper
Texturing the paper
Burnishing the paper
Sketching the elements of manuscript illumination
Plain line decoration/adding decoration to a stem
Combining the elements of manuscript illumination
Decorating the elements of manuscript illumination
Copying the pattern on the textured paper
Applying gold leaf on papers
Burnishing the gold leaf with agate stone
Mixing colors and making new colors
Coloring the patterns;
Provoking and accentuating the patterns.
Ahmad Shoaib Saljoqi
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