Madjnun in the desert

Madjnun in the desert. Miniature taken from a manuscript of the early seventeenth century of the Khamseh (5 poems) of Nezami recounting the famous and unfortunate love story of the mythical couple Madjnûn and Laila. All nature mentioned in this work symbolizes inner peace found by Laila's lover in the solitude of the desert.

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When his father gives a husband to Layli, Majdnun, mad with grief withdraws into the desert, in the hills and valleys of Najd. He is seen half-naked, skeletal amidst wild animals now familiar to him. The young woman sends a messenger to beg him not to let him die. An oblique line defines the composition: on the left a golden sky on which stands a tree with delicate shades of green and a purple mountain on the right. In the foreground a meadow dotted with dark green flowering bushes, while a river meanders among the stones. Center, Madjnûn represented as always, emaciated and shirtless, staring, arms held in a doe. All around him, animals, antelope, lions and their cubs, foxes, hares and birds are treated with great delicacy of features. Both trees seem to surround them with their antlers. Their branches green and dry are a metaphor for life and death. (Notice BnF)

  • Nombre de pièces : 1000
  • Taille : 48 X 68

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