Iran historian has talked about historical paintings depicting 14th century Italian merchant, explorer Marco Polo in the Iranian Island of Hormuz.
This week, in Cinema VS History program produced by ifilm, Iran historian Khosrow Motazed talks about Marco Polo directed by French director Denys de La Patellière in 1965.
Motazed explores the movie from historical point of view and shows paintings which depict the Italian famous explorer and his uncles stopping at the Iranian southern district of Hormuz (The Strait of Hormuz).
The paintings and the presence of Marco Polo in this area show that Iran has long been an attractive place for both foreign and domestic merchants, businessmen, explorers, and travelers.
Besides, the paintings contain images which show the importance of Iranian goods for other countries. The exchange of baby elephant and horse between Iran and India depicts Iran’s high ranking status in the realm of commerce since centuries ago.