Arthur Upham Pope and A New Survey of Persian Art

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Editor: Yuka Kadoi
In Arthur Upham Pope and A New Survey of Persian Art, fourteen scholars explore the legacy of Arthur Upham Pope (1881–1969) by tracing the formation of Persian art scholarship and connoisseurship during the twentieth century. Widely considered as a self-made scholar, curator, and entrepreneur, Pope was credited for establishing the basis of what we now categorize broadly as Persian art. His unrivalled professional achievement, together with his personal charisma, influenced the way in which many scholars and collectors worldwide came to understand the art, architecture and material culture of the Persian world. This ultimately resulted in the establishment of the aesthetic criteria for assessing the importance of cultural remains from modern-day Iran.

With contributions by Lindsay Allen, Sheila S. Blair, Jonathan M. Bloom, Talinn Grigor, Robert Hillenbrand, Yuka Kadoi, Sumru Belger Krody, Judith A. Lerner, Kimberly Masteller, Cornelia Montgomery, Bernard O’Kane, Keelan Overton, Laura Weinstein, and Donald Whitcomb.

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Biographical Note
Yuka Kadoi, Ph.D. (2005), University of Edinburgh is a scholar of Islamic art and Persian art historiography. She has written and edited numerous books and articles, including Islamic Chinoiserie (2009); The Shaping of Persian Art (2013); and Jades from Eastern Lands (forthcoming).
Review Quotes
"In addition to offering an overview of Pope's role in the study of Persian art, the book provides new insights into the historiography of Islamic art." – Sarah Piram, in: Abstracta Iranica 37-39 (2018) [http://journals.openedition.org/abstractairanica/42714]. "Kadoi’s edited volume, which gauges the impact of American Orientalist Arthur Upham Pope (1881–1969) on the fields of Iranian art, architecture and archaeology, joins an ever-expanding literature on the historiography of Islamic art and architecture.... the papers introduce a variety of valuable perspectives and much that is new. We form a good understanding of the characters populating – and the life of – an unfolding field" – David J. Roxburgh, in: Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (2018)
Table of contents
CONTENTS


List of Illustrations
Abbreviations
Note to the Reader
Preface and Acknowledgements


INTRODUCTION

Arthur Upham Pope and A New Survey of Persian Art
Yuka Kadoi

I. POPE, ACKERMAN, AND THEIR PEERS

The Scramble for Persian Art: Pope and His Rivals
Robert Hillenbrand

Gendered Politics of Persian Art: Pope and His Partner
Talinn Grigor

II. ARTHUR UPHAM POPE: LIFE AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Arthur Upham Pope: His Life and Times
Jonathan M. Bloom

Archaeology in Iran and the Experience of Arthur Upham Pope
Donald Whitcomb

Arthur Upham Pope and the Study of Persian Islamic Architecture
Bernard O'Kane


III. CURATORS, COLLECTORS, AND ART DEALERS:
POPE AND PRE-ISLAMIC PERSIAN ART

‘The Greatest Enterprise’: Arthur Upham Pope, Persepolis and Achaemenid Antiquities
Lindsay Allen

Arthur Upham Pope and the Sasanians
Judith A. Lerner

IV. CURATORS, COLLECTORS, AND ART DEALERS:
POPE AND ISLAMIC PERSIAN ART

The Rise of Persian Art Connoisseurship: Arthur Upham Pope and Early Twentieth-Century Chicago
Yuka Kadoi

Arthur Upham Pope and Collecting Persian Art for Kansas City
Kimberly Masteller

Equivocal Position as Expert or Dealer! The Long and Contentious Relationship of George Hewitt Myers and Arthur Upham Pope
Sumru Belger Krody

My Dear Holmes: Arthur Upham Pope and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Laura Weinstein

Filming, Photographing and Purveying in ‘the New Iran’: the Legacy of Stephen H. Nyman, ca. 1937–42
Keelan Overton


V. ARTHUR UPHAM POPE: HIS LEGACY

Surveying Persian Art in Light of A Survey of Persian Art
Sheila S. Blair

Arthur Upham Pope: A Personal Memoir
Cornelia Montgomery

List of Contributors
Index


Readership
Historians of Islamic and Persian art; specialists of Middle Eastern, Persian and Iranian studies; specialists of museum studies; historians of Persian and non-western art collections.
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