I have a question about the margins in Persian and Indian miniature manuscript painting - it's for my PhD - is there any literature or are there any sources on this? It seems to have not been written about much.
I would like to know: why did paintings often contain elements that escaped the frame? (eg rocks bursting out of the frames)
(Realise there is perhaps no straight answer to this and I've been pondering this myself for about 12 years now... but still, you might come up with good ideas!)
So far ideas have included:
to bring them 'off the page' as far as possible and closer to us (Dominique Fayad)
as a quiet act of rebellion (Susan Lucas Dobrian)
they just were so exuberant that they couldn't be contained/restrained
they ran out of space
they just liked the look of it
did they see European Medieval manuscripts and get inspired?