André Godard's Archives at the Louvre Museum and Their Significance for the Study of the National Museum of Iran

Document Type : Review Article


Paris Nanterre University Victoria and Albert Museum


André Godard (1881-1965) was a French architect who was Director of the Iranian Archaeological Service from 1928 to 1960 and Director of the Iran Bastan Museum which he designed, from 1936 onwards. These appointments by the Iranian government encouraged significant cultural diplomacy between France and Iran. This article deals with Godard’s archives kept at the Louvre Museum, in the Department of Islamic Art, and their significance for the study of the National Museum of Iran. It also rehabilitates a remarkable figure who did much to protect and promote the cultural heritage of Iran. This article forms part of a PhD research at Paris Nanterre University on heritage awareness and on architectural creation in Iran from the end of the 19th century to the 1960s.