Encyclopedia of Art

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The Encyclopedia of Art
Author Ruyin Pakbaz
Original title دایرةالمعارف هنر
Country Iran
Language Persian
Subject Art
Published 1998 (Publications in Contemporary Culture)
Media type Print
Pages 1033 pp.
ISBN 964-5545-41-2

The Encyclopedia of Art (Persian: دایرةالمعارف هنر‎‎) is a book written by Ruyin Pakbaz and published in Iran by Publications in Contemporary Culture.[1]

The primary subjects of the book are painting, sculpting, and graphic design, while pottery, calligraphy, music, and architecture are also discussed. The encyclopedia has 2855 entries with 844 black-and-white and 160 colour images. It is divided into one main section and three appendices, each of which is organized in alphabetical order.

The main section concerns various artists, styles and schools, materials and tools, technical terminology, and aesthetics. The first appendix analyzes historical developments in art and the second considers common themes such as religious or literary figures, gods, and events. The third appendix presents Persian equivalents and similar expressions to over 1580 loanwords. Much of the book is dedicated to Iranian art, in particular contemporary art.[2]


  • Introduction
  • Guide to Use
  • 1. Main body, 2537 entries
  • 2. Images, 844 black-and-white and 160 colour images
  • 3. Appendix 1 (History), 55 entries
  • 4. Appendix 2 (Themes), 263 entries
  • 5. Appendix 3 (Loanwords), 1580 loanwords (mostly English) with Persian equivalents
  • 6. List of special Iran-related entries

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References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Pakbaz, Ruyin, The Encyclopedia of Art, Publications in Contemporary Culture, fifth edition, Tehran 2006, ISBN 964-5545-41-2
  2. ^ "The Encyclopedia of Art (painting, sculpting, graphic design)" (in Persian). Khorasan Area Art.