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Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Artby Maryam D. (edt) Ekhtiar
Synopses & Reviews
This lavish and informative book explores the great diversity and range of Islamic culture through one of the finest collections in the world. Published to coincide with the historic reopening of the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum's Islamic Art Department, it presents nearly three hundred masterworks created in the rich tradition of the Islamic faith and culture.
The Metropolitan's renowned holdings range chronologically from the origins of Islam in the 7th century through the 19th century, and geographically from as far west as Spain to as far east as Southeast Asia. A wide variety of media is also represented: miniature paintings and illuminated manuscripts, ceramics, textiles, carpets, glass, and metalwork. While some of the highlighted objects were originally intended solely for use during worship, others—created as domestic and luxury objects—reflect the mutual influence of artistic practice in the sacred and secular realms. Many display the rich traditions of calligraphy, arabesque, and geometric patterning that distinguish the arts of the Islamic world.
With seven informative essays and almost three hundred illustrated catalogue entries—supplemented by a history of the collection, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index—this comprehensive overview engages both the general reader and the specialist.
Book News Annotation:
Published to celebrate the opening of the completely renovated Islamic art galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, now more accurately re-named the Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia, this catalog offers a fine introduction to the history of art and architecture of each of these geographic areas in turn, with a wealth of examples from the Met's truly amazing collection, described in detail. Introductory essays give the history of the Met's collection, examples of its earlier installation, and the aims and execution of the new display. The depth of the catalog essays is notable, speaking to the years of research devoted to the objects, as well as the credentials of the authors. As is unfailingly the case with this publisher, the volume is beautifully produced, both in the quality and authority of the text and the excellent, copious color plates. Oversized (9.25x11.25"), the volume includes a glossary, bibliography, and map. It's distributed by Yale University Press. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An in-depth and comprehensive study of art from the Islamic world based on the preeminent collection in the Metropolitan Museum
This expansive book reveals the great diversity and range of art of the Arab lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and later South Asia. Published to coincide with the historic reopening of the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum's Islamic Art Department, it presents nearly three hundred masterpieces from one of the finest collections in the world. The works range chronologically from the origins of Islam in the seventh century through the nineteenth century, and geographically from as far west as Spain and Morocco to as far east as India. Outstanding miniature paintings and illuminated manuscripts, ceramics, textiles, carpets, glass, and metalwork reflect the mutual influence of artistic practice in the sacred and secular realms. Many of these beautiful objects display the rich traditions of calligraphy, vegetal ornament (the arabesque), and geometric patterning that distinguish the arts of the Islamic world.
With seven informative essays and almost three hundred catalogue entries—supplemented by introductory essays on the collection and its display—this handsome and comprehensive overview will enlighten the specialist and the general reader alike.
About the Author
Maryam D. Ekhtiar is Senior Research Associate in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Priscilla P. Soucek is John L. Loeb Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Sheila R. Canby is the Patti Cadby Birch Curator in Charge of the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Navina Najat Haidar is Curator and Administrator in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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