In the early 17th-century Iranian art was experiencing a golden age due in large part to the country's ruler Shah Abbas, famous for his political and cultural ambitions. The British Museum in association with the Iran Heritage Foundation has just opened an exhibition called Shah Abbas: The Remaking of Iran that illustrates his many achievements including the building of his new capital of Isfahan, a marvel of architectural planning and still, as Madeleine Bunting claims, "Iran's most beautiful city". Bunting goes on to elaborate on why this exhibition of art from 400 years ago is so important right at this moment:
To see some highlights from this show Jonathan Jones gave a rare five out of five stars, please click here. In a separate article Jones also wrote about how the fearless 17th-century globetrotting couple Robert and Teresia Sherley connect the Shah Abbas exhibition with the new Van Dyck show at Tate Britain. But more on Van Dyck in a few days.