Canby's PERSIAN PAINTING is a gem. Rare in that it starts with clear, essential information on pigments and materials as well as methods and treatises, its succinct but masterful historical survey ranges from the Ilkhanids of the 14th century through the glorious Safavids culminating in Shah `Abbas of the late 16th and early 17th centuries and onward to the European synthesis and decline into the 18th c. century. Artists like Shayk Muhammad, Sadiqi Beg, Riza-yi `Abbasi and their unique works fill its pages with sensible commentary and beautiful examples of the stories of Rustam from Firdausi's SHAHNAMEH as well as individual album pieces and portraits. Annotated with excellent sources and index, it is a must for academic courses on Persian art. This book is as much a treasure as the Persian art it sensitively portrays.