Art review: ‘Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts’ | The Washington Post

Processional standard ('Alam). Safavid Iran, 16th century. (Aga Khan Museum)
Processional standard (‘Alam). Safavid Iran, 16th century. (Aga Khan Museum)

By Philip Kennicott – Excerpt: The Walters’s exceptional collection of Islamic art is supplemented with major pieces borrowed from the Victoria and Albert, the British Library, the Aga Khan Museum (newly opened in Toronto), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery and Smithsonian, and others. As viewers are introduced to major literary projects, such as Abu’l Fazl’s hagiographic chronicle of Akbar’s life, the “Akbarnama,” they also can look at major historical examples of the work, including an extract from what is considered the original presentation copy made for the emperor, from the Victoria and Albert.

Source: Art review: ‘Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts’ – The Washington Post

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