A Fire in Paradise
Siavosh’s Fiery Passage: Seven Illustrations
Reprinted from: Honar Nameh, University of Art, Tehran, No. 26, Spring 2005 (A brief of the article)
What part of a story does the Iranian painter select for illustration, and how does he proceed to illustrate it? The story chosen for the purpose of this article is that in Ferdowsi’s Shah-nameh.
About Siavosh’s Fiery Passage:
Different illustrations of this legend are researched, and the elements in the story are analyzed from the point of view of significance for the purpose of illustration. Next, successful and unsuccessful illustrations are analyzed.
In order for an illustration to be lasting, it is necessary to consider the story’s climax. It also bears a relationship to the cultural memory of a people. The importance of pictorial elements depends on their priorities in the story. The final result is due to the illustrator’s creativity and his awareness of the peculiarities of line, form and color.
Approaching pictorial truth is a difficult aim to achieve, as it has to pass through the labyrinth of consciousness, but it takes shape in a moment of unconsciousness.