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UNESCO to inscribe Persian painting

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Sun, 19 Aug 2007 

Masterpieces of the Persian Painting to be inscribed on the UNESCO 'Memory of the World' Program in 2008 as Iran's third inscribed item.

Moraqqa-e Golshan, a series of Persian painting and calligraphy, is to be inscribed on the list of memory of the World. The case of the inscription will be completed by the year 2008.

Moraqqa, literally a collection of paintings and/or calligraphy, is an important form of artistic manifestation in history of Persian art.

Moraqqa-e Golshan, which dates back to 17th century AD, was created by Indian and Persian artists under the reign of Mughal Empire. It was brought to Iran and became the property of Qajar dynasty at an unknown date. It is now kept in the Library of Golestan Palace Museum.

It now includes several Indian and Persian paintings in Indo-Iranian style, portraits, illuminated calligraphy and decorated patterns of European landscapes.

The Memory of the World Program is launched by UNESCO to guard documentary heritage such as Moraqqa-e Golshan against collective amnesia. The program calls upon the preservation of the valuable archive holdings and library collections all over the world ensuring their wide dissemination.

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