April 4, 2012 |
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art finally has fulfilled the vision it had for its biggest foray into Islamic art - a goal thwarted until now by the government of the Russian Federation. The only problem is that Angelenos would have to travel more than 8,000 miles to see it. In "Gifts of the Sultan: the Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts," now on view in Doha, the capital of Qatar, art that Islamic rulers had sent long ago to the czarist courts are finally on display - courtesy of the State Hermitage Museum and National Library of Russia inSt.
June 5, 2011 |
The Mogul emperor Shah Jahan sits cross-legged, in three-quarters profile, wearing a magnificent purple robe, jewels draped around his neck, a gold cloth wrapped around his head. His fine features are set off by a full beard and a slight smile. The emperor, who ruled India for 30 years and built the Taj Mahal, sits in the center of a busy painting, a constellation of supplicants swirling around him like planets orbiting a star. The small but lovely picture, no bigger than a laptop screen, depicts the Persian Ambassador Muhammad Ali Beg offering tribute to Shah Jahan.
December 25, 2009 |
It's an abandoned coal mining site in a depressed corner of northern France that was pummeled by the two world wars. Soon, a branch of the Louvre Museum will rise up on this unlikely site. Work is to start soon on a sleek glass-and-aluminum building that will house hundreds of the Louvre's treasures, from Egyptian artifacts to Renaissance paintings to Islamic art. The modern building will let the venerable French museum experiment, "giving us a new viewpoint on the Louvre's works," said Louvre Director Henri Loyrette.
November 16, 2008 |
It took time, but Israeli police detectives have cracked one of the country's greatest crimes -- the legendary heist of a priceless clock collection from a Jerusalem museum a quarter of a century ago. The 1983 theft, the costliest in Israel's history, saw 106 timepieces worth millions of dollars disappear from the L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art. Among them was a pocket watch made for France's queen, Marie Antoinette, that museum officials value...
March 12, 2006 |
AMID the calamitous violence sparked by cartoon images of Muhammad, it's only natural that the Museum of Modern Art would tread carefully when opening a major new exhibition dealing with the Islamic world. "I was acutely aware of a number of pitfalls," says curator Fereshteh Daftari. There are no caricatures of the prophet on view at MoMA.
February 17, 2006 |
While lethal riots persist in the Middle East and American cartoonists and editors wring their hands over what it means to publish pictures of Muhammad, the Western world's curators of Islamic art whisper and wonder. As they understand it, the Koran does not forbid representations of Muhammad, though other revered texts have led millions of Muslims to scorn the idea. They know that many Islamic artists have taken on the subject.