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New videos presenting the early artists who illustrated the Rubaiyat

November 22, 2017

Four new videos introducing the Rubaiyat of Edward FitzGerald and its illustrators have been posted on YouTube.  They have been produced by Danton O’Day as promotional material for his recently published books that cover the Golden Age of  Rubaiyat Art – see https://omarkhayyamrubaiyat.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/the-golden-age-of-rubaiyat-art-1884-1913-a-complete-catalog/ .   

As well as promoting the books, the videos provide a valuable introduction to the poems and the artists for those who find audio-visual presentations more accessible than the printed word and image.  Even for those of us who know the illustrations well, it is great to see some of them shown so clearly on screen.  Danton introduces the videos in the following way.

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam as translated by Edward FitzGerald is arguably one of the words most adored books of poetry. It is also one of the most illustrated. Starting in 1884 artists began to illustrate the verses and decorate the publicly available books they contained. The following four narrated videos introduce the artists and the era that started in 1884 and ended in 1913.

Golden Age of Rubaiyat Art Introduction (4min12sec)

This video introduces Omar and FitzGerald, their poetic contributions and their continued popularity. The first artists of the Rubaiyat are then introduced.  https://youtu.be/OwYAJlmDTrs

First Illustrators of the Rubaiyat in Pictures 1884-1913, I. Ault to Grieffenhagen (5min37sec)

The era from 1884 to 1913 can be considered the Golden Age of Rubaiyat Art. It is an era where 34 different artists illustrated the poems. In this narrated video the artwork of 13 of those artists are revealed.  https://youtu.be/qbJLT_BwzmE

First Illustrators of the Rubaiyat in Pictures 1884-1913, II. Hall to Robinson (5min7sec)

In this second narrated video the artwork of 11 more of those artists are revealed.  https://youtu.be/xYF6hfONZJk

First Illustrators of the Rubaiyat in Pictures 1884-1913, III. Rose to Webb (3min49sec)

In the third narrated video the artwork of the final 10 of those artists is revealed.  https://youtu.be/oDb7ZjlTvMU

Danton H. O’Day
Oakville, ON, CANADA

danton.oday@utoronto.ca

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