Islamic art exhibit underway at U.S. museum
TEHRAN Times Art Desk
TEHRAN – The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is displaying works of Islamic art in an exhibition, which opened on February 26.
The artworks are from India under the Moguls in the 16th century, Iran during the reign of the Safavid dynasty in the 17th century, and Turkey under the Ottomans during the 18th century.
The artworks, which include paintings, calligraphy works, textiles, ceramics and jeweled luxury objects, have been loaned by museums to the exhibition entitled “Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts”.
The Mogul, Safavid and Ottoman empires flourished during a time of rapid change and artistic innovation in the Islamic world as their ideas and technologies spread across Europe and Asia.
The exhibit organized in collaboration with the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore runs until May 8.
Among the many not-to-be-missed Islamic masterpieces at the Walters Art Museum are a glistening mihrab tile from the 13th-century lusterware workshops of Kashan in central Iran, a splendidly illuminated 17th-century copy of Quran and a 7th-century hammered silver bowl depicting an enthroned Sassanid king of Persia.