Friday, January 18, 2013

Chahar Bagh Boulevard (Four Gardens Boulevard)





Drawing and painting from street scenes always has been passion for me. Sometimes I discover many things about culture, the way of painting and even about myself through the observation and simple sketches.


These sketches are from Chahar Bagh Boulevard. I invite you to see them. And also, here are some informations about this street from Wikipedia:
Chahar Bagh Boulevard (Persian: چهارباغ, translation: Four Gardens) is a historical avenue in Isfahan constructed in the Safavid era of Iran.
The avenue is the most historically famous in all of Persia. It connects north of city to south and is about 6 kilometers long. On the west side are situated the Gardens of the Vazirs, and on the east the Hasht Behesht and Chehel Sotoun gardens.


Shah Abbas I was the king who changed his capital from Qazvin to Esfahan and decided to pour all the countries artistic wealth into that central spot which has been dubbed for centuries "Nisfi Jahan" or "Half the World". The chief architect of this task of urban planning was Shaykh Bahai (Baha' ad-Din al-`Amili), who focused the programme on two key features of Shah Abbas's master plan: the Chahar Bagh avenue, flanked at either side by all the prominent institutions of the city, such as the residences of all foreign dignitaries, and the Naqsh-e Jahan Square ("Examplar of the World").






And here is a drowing from 19th century:
 
 
Drawing of Chahar Bagh School or School of Shah Hossein's Mother, as it was known in the 19th century / View from Chahar Bagh Boulevard/  Pascal Coste
 
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