Friday, June 5, 2009

Thoughts about a Painting

The current display of one painting would have pleased Abdu'l-Baha, if he had lived to see it. That is the ongoing display of a painting that was done by an Iranian Baha'i. That painting is being used as the backdrop by one of the Persian satellite TV stations.

The writer of this blog has learned about (and has seen one) several copies of that painting. Those copies were made by photographers. The artist came from a family of photographers. In fact, the artist put a small photograph of himself at the bottom of his painting.

The artist painted a young woman in front of the man who was then the leader of Iran. The woman was placed in a position that allowed her body to copy the general outline of Iran (as seen on a map). The program that is using this painting is one that seeks to highlight the most positive aspects of the old Iranian regime.

For a different look at the tie between painting and photography, visit this blog: The writer of this link, like the writer of this blog, is a member of the Baha'i Faith.

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