Iranian Landscapes as Visual Prototypes around the World
Some of the typical features of the Iranian landscape are described, together with the ways in which the author came across them on his many journeys in Iran. The presence of the same features in other countries is then described as evidence of the universal nature of some elements of the Iranian landscape which, in this sense, extends outside the current borders. This theory is supported by 50 photos taken in Iran and in other parts of the world. The individual chapters in the article are prefaced by lines from the poetry of Mirzā ‘Abdo ’l-Qāder Bidel (1644-1720), meant as an introduction to and evocation of the topics addressed.