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Half the World: Shah Abbas and the Splendors of Isfahan

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Half the World: Shah Abbas and the Splendors of Isfahan

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Thursday, October 28
1:00 p.m. PT
Speaker: Elaine Pierce, docent, The San Diego Museum of Art


In the early 17th century, Isfahan was one of the most modern and beautiful cities in the world, attracting diplomats and merchants from across Europe and Asia.

During this “Golden Age of Persia,” Shah Abbas transformed his beleaguered nation-state into a military and mercantile powerhouse—and he did so despite a relative lack of natural resources. As discussed in this talk, silk and ceramic arts were raised to new levels and served as a major means to regain power and influence. Islamic architecture, gardens, and poetry will also be explored.


Speaker Elaine Pierce worked as a physician (MD) for over 30 years, first in primary care and then in public health with the County of San Diego. Apart from being an amateur artist and trying to see the top art museums in the world, she had no background in art history until she started the SDMA docent training program and fell in love with it, especially Asian art.


Please note, this session will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

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Sponsored by the Asian Arts Council

Featured: Interior image of the Mosque Shaikh Lutf-Allah

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October 28, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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