|Painting depicting ascension of the Prophet (S) unveiled in Tehran||
Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Director Mohammad-Ali Najafi, scholar Hossein Elahi Qomsheii and a group of art and cultural figures attended the unveiling ceremony of the work entitled “The Ascension”.
Speaking at the ceremony, Najafi called master Farshchian, “hakim” of Islamic contemporary art and said, “The word ‘hakim’ in Persian literature bears a significant meaning, and using it for master Farshchian is not beyond expectation.”
He added that Farshchian helped pull the art of miniature out from rare books into the daily lives of people, and actually helped introduce miniature paintings to people.
Next, Farshchian made a brief speech and said that it took him a year and a half to complete the tableau.
“In this tableau, Prophet Muhammad (S) is facing the Almighty God and is sitting on a horse above the moon. A beam of light is carrying him to the sky and he is surrounded by a group of angels who are praying,” he added.
He continued that he studied many texts, conducted much research and talked with many scholars before he began his painting, “I strove for over a year to accomplish this painting, but I still believe I am as strong and as powerful as a 45-year-old man.”
The painting will be on display for one year at the Farshchian Museum, after which it will be dedicated to the Astan-e Qods Razavi Museum and Library in Mashhad.
Farshchian, 84, studied painting under the supervision of Haj Mirza Aqa Emami and Isa Bahadori. He later traveled to Europe where he studied painting and conducted research in museums for several years.
Farshchian’s masterpieces have been hosted by numerous museums and exhibitions worldwide. He is recognized as the most important modernizing influence in the field of miniatures. His name has been registered on Britain’s list of 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st century and collectors feel it a great honor to possess one of his creations.
Farshchian has previously painted “Evening of Ashura”, “Ali-Asghar (AS)” and “The Standard-Bearer of Truth” with Ashura as the central theme.
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