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Islam. Armi e armature della collezione Frederick Stibbert Museo Stibbert, Florence
Through October 16, 2014
http://www.museostibbert.it/

Frederick Stibbert (1838-1906) collected arms and armour from Europe, Japan and the Islamic world which are now shown in his villa just outside of Florence. For this special exhibition, a hundred of his finest and most interesting pieces of Islamic arms and armor have been selected from the permanent collection.

Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
September 13, 2014–March 22, 2015
http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/current/nastaliq/

Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy is the first exhibition of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in the fourteenth century in Iran and remains one of the most expressive forms of aesthetic refinement in Persian culture to this day. More than twenty works ranging in date from 1400 to 1600, the height of nasta‛liq’s development, tell the story of the script’s transformation from a simple conveyer of the written word to an artistic form of its own. The narrative thread emphasizes the achievements of four of the greatest master calligraphers—Mir Ali Tabrizi, Sultan Ali Mashhadi, Mir Ali Haravi, and Mir Imad Hasani—whose manuscripts and individual folios are still appreciated not only for their content but also for their technical virtuosity and visual quality.

Pearls of Wisdom: The Arts of Islam at the University of Michigan
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
October 15-December 21, 2014
http://lw.lsa.umich.edu/kelsey/pearls/preview.html

Guest Curator: Prof. Christiane Gruber, History of Art, University of Michigan
Co-Curator: Ashley Dimmig, Ph.D. student, History of Art, University of Michigan
It is our pleasure to announce the exhibition “Pearls of Wisdom: The Arts of Islam at the University of Michigan.” In conjunction with the show, a number of lectures, tours, and other events will be offered during the fall semester. For further information about these events, see: http://lw.lsa.umich.edu/kelsey/pearls/preview.html

Rashid al-Din's "World History", 1314 - A Masterpiece of Islamic Painting
Edinburgh University Library Ground Floor Exhibition Room, George Square, Edinburgh
August 2 - October 31, 2014

This exhibition highlights the Jami' al-Tawarikh ("World History" or "Compendium of Chronicles") of Rashid al-Din, one of the masterpieces of medieval Islamic manuscripts. Celebrating the 700th anniversary of its production (1314/2014), the exhibition features approximately twenty representative folios from Edinburgh University Library's manuscript (Or.MS.20) and loans from the National Museums Scotland. While serving as a high-ranking adviser to the Ilkhanid court, the former physician and court historian Rashid al-Din (d. 1318) was commissioned to compile what would become one of the most important historical and artistic documents within Islamic intellectual tradition. The Jami' al-Tawarikh was to be an illustrated history of the world as it was known to the Mongol court, covering not only the history of the Mongols, but also that of the Chinese, Franks and Indians. Situated in the highly international and multi-cultural city of Tabriz in modern-day Iran, the scriptorium of Rashid al-Din gathered artists from all parts of the Mongol empire and beyond.
Pride and Passion. Male Portraits and Images from the Mogul Era (1526-1858)
Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin
June 27-October 5, 2014

Between the 16th and 19th centuries, men in Indian painting were depicted as powerful, proud, and passionate figures. Under increasing European influence, the portrayal of the masculine form reached its apex with the introduction of portraits to the Islamic Mogul court in the 17th century. From that point on, rulers and courtiers were represented in lifelike and naturalistic ways. In large group-pictures, Mogul rulers are depicted on thrones receiving vanquished Rajput princes, or on ritualistic marches with elephants, further demonstrating their power. The passionate side of men's nature is also revealed: lovers out for an evening ride on horseback or entwined in the palace garden, and a lover passing a bowl of wine to his beloved. However, the most important portrayal of men is the standing portrait. This type of image featured proud rulers, hunters, and warriors, primarily in profile or in three-quarter view. Jharoka portraits were another type of image, taking the form of both half-length portraits and those from the shoulders up. The latter shows how rulers would have appeared to people looking up to them at their windows. In this exhibition, the Museum für Islamische Kunst devotes itself to one of the main themes in Indian painting during the 17th and 18th centuries. The miniatures come exclusively from the museum's own holdings; some of them are shown here for the first time.