Beyond the Surface: Text & Image in Islamic Art

September 6, 2012 - July 31, 2013
Ripin Gallery

This exhibition brings together exquisite examples of Muslim figurative and non-figurative art.  Illustrated manuscripts and calligraphic samples from regions ranging from North Africa in the West to the Persian Plateau in the East will allow visitors to examine and take pleasure in some of the diverse aesthetic traditions of the Muslim world. This exhibition coincides with Professor Esra Akin-Kivanc’s courses “Visual Cultures of the Muslim World” and “Approaches to Islamic Art and Architecture.”

The exhibition was curated by Esra Akin-Kivanc, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Religion, and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Oberlin College, with assistance from Anna-Claire Stinebring (OC ’09).

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Persian, Safavid Dynasty (1501 – 1722)
Manuscript leaf: King Suleiman Enthroned, early to mid-16th century
Ink and color on vellum
Gift of Frederick Binkerd Artz, 1958.34