The Poetics of Retreat: Meditation and Space at the Shrine in Mahan

February 12, 2019 - 6:30 pm


Dr. Peyvand Firouzeh (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz) will be speaking about the late 16th century retreat house, an addition to the 15th century shrine of the sufi-poet Shah Ni’matullah-e Wali (d. 1431). This presentation will focus on elements of the retreat room’s spatial and decorative program to explore the interaction between poetry, space , and the body, as well as the relationship between architecture, textile, and talisman, and the role these interactions played in the experience of meditation.

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