Saturday, 5 December 2009

omar khayyam

I've recently finished working on a documentary about Omar Khayyam who was an 11th Century Persian polymath - mathematician, philosopher, astronomer, physician and poet.
His most famous poems are compiled in the Rubaiyat and are still loved today for their timelessness and have been quoted in speeches by Martin Luther King and Clinton.

They are great fairytales and here are some of my favourite illustrations from it by Dulac, Vedder and others...

(This one is actually the Princess and the Pea, not the Rubaiyat, but I love the colours and draftsmanship)


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