Calligraphic Lion by Ahmed Hilmi; Ottoman Turkey, dated 19 April 1913; composed of invocations to 'Ali; Black ink on brownish-cream card, 26.5 x 38.8 cm; Accession No. CAL 242; Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.
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Empire of the Sultans: Ottoman Art from the Khalili Collection
PITTSBURGH • The Frick Art Museum • Ongoing
|This major exhibition highlights the rich artistic heritage of the Ottoman Empire and explores the influence exercised by the sultans over every aspect of life from military power to religious devotion. Presented in four sections, this fascinating exhibition comprises some 200 works including an impressive selection of calligraphy, Qur'ans, manuscripts, arms and armour, metalwork, ceramics, textiles and scientific instruments from the Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art. With holdings of more than 20,000 objects that document the artistic production of the Islamic lands over a period of some 1,400 years, the collection now ranks among the best in the world. |
Second only to their religious architecture, the Ottomans are best known for their decorative arts, particularly ceramics and carpets. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated 302-page catalogue written by Professor J.M. Rogers,
Professor of Art and Archaeology, University of London who authored the publication and contributed two essays about the political aspects of the Ottoman Empire and the collecting of Turkish Art.
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