Dale Chihuly’s iconic Persian series is steeped in history while continuously evolving in form and color. Art historian Tina Oldknow, formerly of the Corning Museum of Glass, notes, “The sources of his Persians are classical Greek, Persian, Byzantine, Islamic, Venetian, and art nouveau, together representing an incredibly fertile palimpsest of ideas and influences.” The diverse layers and aspects of this series, combined with Chihuly’s command of color application and exploration of form, reveal the opulence and mysterious depths of these exotic and widespread lineages.
The 2017 Chihuly Workshop Studio Edition Atlantis Persian is a full expression of this series that began in 1986 and has continued with compelling vibrancy, as can be seen immediately in this piece. The entire form is wrapped in brilliant shades of green and transparent blue. These exquisite lines, called a body wrap, radiate from its epicenter before rippling and folding in upon themselves. A royal blue lip wrap applied to the composition’s outer edge articulates its gentle, undulating energy. The soft, cool bending of color and light creates a luminous quiet—a tranquil fluidity forged in glass.
Chihuly’s signature is engraved on each handblown work, which stands approximately eight inches tall. It is accompanied by a custom-designed display vitrine and the Chihuly Workshop publication Chihuly Persians, with an essay by Tina Oldknow informing the series.
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