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Islamic Calligraphy in Practice and Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur'an
Asia Society
"This exhibition Islamic Calligraphy in Practice and its companion exhibition, Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur’an, explore Islamic art’s quintessential art form: calligraphy. In the Islamic world, the practice of calligraphy constitutes an expression of piety. The writing of Arabic script was considered an exemplary activity for men and women of all stations due to its association with the Qur’an. ... The varied works of calligraphy on display—from practice alphabets to elaborately finished manuscripts—serve as traces of individuals, belief systems, and cultures. The costly and exotic materials lavished on writing instruments also document the international trade of the period, from 1600 to 1900, and create a rich material legacy that fuses aesthetics and piety." Topics include: 1) Tools and Materials; 2) Training and Practice; 3) Contexts for Calligraphy; 4) Writing the Word of God.

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/islamiccalligraphy/
The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Online archive of a 2003 exhibition that examined "the important artistic and cultural achievements that occurred in the Iranian world in the aftermath of the Mongol invasions. It was a period of brilliant cultural flowering as the Mongol masters sought to govern their disparate empire, and in the process they sponsored the creation of a remarkable new visual language." Five topics, all with excellent images and text: 1) The Mongols in China; 2) The Mongols in Iran; 3) The Mongols and Islam; 4) The Art of the Book; 5) A New Visual Language.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.lacma.org/khan/index.htm
Miniatures from the Topkapi Palace Museum
The Topkapi Palace Museum
Select "Miniatures from the Topkapi Museum" from the menu at left to see a large selection of examples from the museum's collection of miniature paintings, including early Islamic illustrations, Mongols and painting under the Jala'ir, chinoiserie and painting under the Timurids, and book illustration under the Ottoman empire.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.ee.bilkent.edu.tr/~history/topkapi.html
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