an iranian old painting
Paintings of the Khajar period(16th century), are a combination of the classic European arts and Safavi miniature techniques. In this period, Mohammad Gaffari Kamal-ul-Molk, pushed forward the European classical style of painting in Iran. Under the Khajars, a kind of painting known as the "Coffee House" painting found its place. This kind of painting is a new phenomenon in the history of the Iranian art. The "Coffee House" painting is traditionalist and religious. The usual subjects of this art were the holy images of prophets, the religious epics, and the battles of the national warriors. "Coffee Houses" were gathering places for the ordinary people. In these places, narrators use to tell religious and epic stories from the ancient Persia. Artists painted the same stories on painting boards and the walls of these "Coffee Houses". At this time, unlike before, it was not the kings or the nobles, who would be supporting the artists and their work, but it was the ordinary crowd who requested artists to paint the scenes they were interested in. Most of "Coffee House" scenes, were painted in accordance to the desires of the public. The most beautiful examples of this kind of painting, are preserved in major museums of Tehran, and in the private collections, inside and abroad. The Iranian paintings, through their richness, offer a special joy unlike anything else. They keep a vast connection with the epic stories. In Iranian paintings, the nude body of a human is not a way of expression. Iranian painting is considered as one of the greatest schools of out in Asia. Splendor and luminosity have not been better expressed in any other culture. Bright skies, astonishing beauty of spring blossoms, and among them, humans with splendid garments who hate and love, are jovial or melancholic, form the general themes of the Iranian paintings.