See also: Godard
André Godard (Chaumont, 1881 - Paris, 1965) was an architect, archeologist and historian of art French. He was also director of the archaeological services of Iran, so known under the English name of Iranian Archeological Service (IAS) ( Edāre-ye kol-e 'atiqāt ).
Graduate of the school of the Art schools of Paris, Godard also studies the archeology of the Middle East and particularly Iranian archeology.
He goes to the Middle East for the first time in 1910 with Henri Viollet. Together, they begin the excavations with Samarra. Godard then will continue its studies on Islamic architecture in Egypt in 1912.
After the First World War, Godard Marie with Yeda Reuilly. After 1922 and the creation of the French archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan, Godard and his wife leave in recognition archeological sites in areas which were not excavated until there. They study then Bāmiyān, which enables them to organize an exposure on this center of Buddhist pilgrimage to the Musée Guimet, in 1925.
In 1928, one asks Godard to take the position of director of the archaeological services of Iran. This service had been set up by Reza Shah after the end of the French monopoly on the archaeological excavations in Iran. There remained director until 1953, then between 1956 and 1960. It developed policies of excavations and conservation. It also conceived the National museum of Iran ( Muze-ye Irân-e Bāstān ), from which it was appointed director by Reza Shah.
It also drew the plans of the national library ( Ketābkhāneh-ye melli ) and of the monument of the mausoleum of Hafez to Shiraz in collaboration with Maxime Siroux. Godard conceived the Université of Teheran in collaboration with Siroux, Mohsen Forughi and Roland Dubrul. Moreover, Godard was responsible for the restoration of major historic buildings of Iran, like the Mosque of Friday, the Mosquée of the Shah and the Mosquée of Sheikh Lutfallah to Isfahan inter alia.
During the second world war, Godard joined a committee of Free France which is formed in Teheran, and becomes the official diplomatic representative of the provisional government from France established in London in 1942. His wife is also implied since it organizes a programme of information in connection with Free France on the radio Iranian woman.
After its return in France in 1960, it devotes to the writing of its book the art of Iran
- Exposure of recent discovered and recent archaeological work in Afghanistan and China: Work and documents of Mr. and Mrs. A. Godard, attached to the mission in 1923 , Paris, 1925.
- Buddhist Antiquities of Bâmiyân , MDAFA 2, Paris and Brussels, 1928 (with Joseph Hackin)
- “The Tomb off Abbas Shah”, Bulletin off the American Institute for Persian Art and Archeology 4 , 1936, pp. 216-17.
- Athār-e Irān ( Yearly of the service archaeological of Iran ), published twice a year between 1936 and 1949.
- the Treasury of Ziwiye ‚'', Haarlem, 1950
- “work of Persépolis”, Archaeologica orientalia , in memoriam E. Herzfeld, New York, 1952, pp. 119-28
- the Art of Iran , Paris, 1962
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