Project Map


Ugly but Useful – Mindmap of my project.

Centered for now around the Miniature and its ramifications. Red is connections to my Diamonds. Green is more like a general area.

Currently working on a prettier version, as well as on a text to clarify ideas and intentions within the project (Maybe we can review tomorrow).Reading Susan Stewart’s book on the miniature was very useful to understand the miniature as a composite construct, where the role of descriptive text is emphasised.

I also started researching the Peck Shahnama a.k.a Persian Book of Kings. Looked into the process of creation of one miniature, which involved dozens of people at the same time. Started understanding more of the composition of Persian miniatures, where text and image have an interesting relationship. The text usually comes first and dictates the content of the image. Sometimes, since the painters and the writers are different people, there are several discrepancies between text and image. Also the figure of the Scribe is immensely more popular and venerated than the figure of the painter. I will bring the book tomorrow so maybe we can discuss some examples.


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2 Responses to Project Map

  1. Natasha Sandmeier says:

    What’s hard to tell with the cloud is the clarity of the different topics. I see the bold words, but can’t quite get the grasp of the project from those terms.


    inside v outside (of the frame of the miniature, of the rooms IN the miniature)


    subject v object (the role of the clipper, or the role of the miniature)

    gotta go – will finish this later!

    • Alessandro Magliani says:

      I’m currently reordering ideas.
      I might have found an interesting way to look at the miniature as a construct/apparatus to transport the viewer within and outside of itself through image and text.
      Currently writing an abstract, I’m going to bring it tomorrow so we can review it!