The World of Imagination in Persian miniature paintings
Looking at a Persian miniature, which appears at first as a little painting, provides a portal to a space of boundless imagination. These miniatures have a special power that goes beyond simply visual representation. They turn the flat canvas into a place that combines reality and fantasy in a magnificent combination. Rather than simply presenting everyday scenes, these works of art reveal an alternative realm. This reality is not restricted by physical limitations, yet it is also not simply a product of the mind. It exists as a middle ground, between the known and the imagined.
The rules of this unusual realm deviate from the norm. Time, space, colours, and forms move beyond understanding, events unfold in ways that violate the rules of the physical world. Like a dream When the foundations of reality are recreated, generating an unusual yet incredibly authentic masterpiece. Philosophers probe into the depths of this domain, naming it the “imaginal world” that becomes a safe place where the mind rises above the mundane and achieves greater levels of awareness. So, seeing a Persian miniature is more than just looking at a small piece of art; it’s like seeing through a doorway into a realm where reality and enchantment dwell peacefully. (Seyyed Hossein Nasr, The World of Imagination and The Concept of Space in Persian Miniature)