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Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 6.
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Edited by Maryam D. Ekhtiar, Priscilla P. Soucek, Sheila R. Canby, and Navina Najat Haidar

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.

This catalogue is available in both English and Arabic.

Edited by Maryam D. Ekhtiar, Priscilla P. Soucek, Sheila R. Canby, and Navina Najat Haidar

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...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Editors: Maryam D. Ekhtiar, Priscilla P. Soucek, Sheila R. Canby
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I think this is a great book full of interesting information about islamic pieces... a good purchase
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book This book is so extremely well designed in terms of elegant typography and functional layout. The images are perfectly reproduced. Each object's description is very detailed and interesting, and it is a beautiful way to learn more about the objects on display in the Islamic galleries of the museum.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Aaaaahhh for Islamic art It is beautifully laid out. Each piece is explained so anyone can understand. For me it is geometry come to life, a celebration. If you have any interest in Islamic art, this book is definitely for you. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great way to review the collection I use this catalogue to further inform myself about the collection which is on display. The documentation is helpful for a non-expert in the field. The reproductions are wonderful.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely book-- a worth addition to an art library. Excellent print quality
Date published: 2015-01-21
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