Friday, November 6, 2015

Baltimore art museum looks at religious differences shaping Islamic art

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
By Vanessa H. Larson
Largely formed nearly a century ago by the museum's founder, Henry Walters (1848–1931), the Islamic collection now features more than 1,200 wide-ranging objects that date from the 7th century onward
MARYLAND---With “Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts,” the Baltimore-based Walters joins several museums in smaller U.S. art markets that have featured Islamic art in recent years. The exhibit reveals the interactions between different religious and ethnic groups and the travel of people and ideas across geographies, dispelling the notion that these Islamic empires were homogenous or self-contained. [link]

The Walters Art Museum:  “Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts,” (Nov. 08, 2015–Jan. 31, 2016); 600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD; (410) 547-9000; thewalters.org