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Turkey, Textile with Qur'anic Inscriptions, late 17th–early 18th century, silk and lampas weave, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Cathy and Vahid Kooros in honor of Peter C. Marzio.

By the Pen: The Art of Writing in Islamic Art

Sunday, Apr 27, 2014
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Sheila Blair, Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art, Boston College.

From the earliest times to the present, artists and craftsmen across Muslim lands have used writing to decorate all types of buildings and objects, from the most expensive works of art to the humblest everyday vessels. This lecture illustrates some of the many ways they did so, raising the art of writing to its most sublime and transforming it into one of the most distinctive features of Islamic visual culture.

This program is presented in conjunction with the Museum's collection of Arts of the Islamic World and the exhibition Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from the al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait.

A reception to meet the speaker follows the program.

Tickets
This lecture is free with Museum admission. Reserve your seat in advance! Use the "Get Tickets" button and print at home; call 713.639.7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk.

“By the Pen” is presented in partnership with His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States. It is presented in conjunction with the MFAH collection of Arts of the Islamic World, and the exhibition “Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from the al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait.”