The Easel

What Iran’s dazzling art tells us about its civilisation

Three cheers for cultural diplomacy. Iran’s Qujar dynasty (1785 – 1925) provided lamentable governance but supported dazzling cultural achievements. An exhibition of the “art of the courts” – paintings, decorative arts – has opened in France. “Sumptuous, iconic, and wholly novel” says the writer. A reciprocal show from the Louvre has opened in Tehran. More images are here.