Safavid Art
Persia witnessed a massive flowering of the arts during the rule of Shah Abbas I. His new capital Isfahan was a grandiose planned city with wide visual perspectives and a sense order almost unique in the region. Shah Abbas ordered his architects to position his palaces, mosques, and bazaars around a massive rectangular polo ground. This capital of Isfahan is considered the Gem of modern Iran. The mosques are built with elaborate blue tiles, the palaces are delicate structures with unusual slender wooden columns. These architectural wonders of characterizes the grandeur, delicacy, and color that defined the Safavid Golden Age.
There were many famous major figures during the Safavid Golden Age including Mohammed Zamon, Nezami, and the greatest and most famous artist during the Safavid time Riza-i-Abazzi. Mohammed used oil paint to make the art look good while Nezami drew people which was a sin in the Muslim faith. However Abazzi created over 10 masterpieces for example the barefoot youth, Girl, Portrait of Portuguese, Prince Muhammad, Saki, and Last.
However the greatest area of productivity was in textiles. Silk weaving based on new techniques became a national industry. The silks made pictures of birds, animals, and flowers in a brilliant mass of color with silver and gold threads.33_pol.jpg