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Heaven on Earth: Art from Islamic Lands



Aquamanile: Eagle • 796-97 • Brass/bronze, silver and copper • Height: 38 cm, length: 32 cm, width: 18.5 cm • © The State Hermitage Museum • Photo courtesy of  Hermitage Rooms at Somerset House •  • 
Aquamanile: Eagle
796-97
Brass/bronze, silver and copper
Height: 38 cm, length: 32 cm, width: 18.5 cm
The State Hermitage Museum
Photo courtesy of Hermitage Rooms at Somerset House
Heaven on Earth: Art from Islamic Lands: Islamic Art from The State Hermitage Museum and The Khalili Collection
ENGLAND
LONDON  •  Hermitage Rooms at Somerset House  •  Ongoing
 
The theme of the exhibition is well expressed by the famous hadith : 'Verily, God is beautiful and loves all beauty', with exhibits drawn from the collections of The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and The Khalili Collection, London. Heaven on Earth: Art from Islamic Lands includes masterpieces representing the finest decorative arts of Islam - calligraphy, textiles, jewels, metalwork, ceramics and paintings, ranging in date from the 9th to the 19th century and covering an area stretching from Spain and the Arab world to Persia and the Indian subcontinent.

Islamic art has its roots in the ancient artistic traditions of Syria, Mesopotamia and Iran, and brings together a passion for luxury, countered with the harsh severity of abstraction. The former, reflecting the fabulous wealth of Islamic rulers, is an art which celebrates earthly majesty; the latter reflects the divine majesty of Allah and the holy language of the Qur'an.

Hermitage Rooms at Somerset House Web Site


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