Exhibition Enttiled "five Hundred Year Of Islamic Calligraphy"

Manama Büyükelçiliği 19.01.2014

Sakıp Sabancı Museum’s (SSM) collection of rare books and calligraphy is exhibited at the Bahrain National Museum. SSM has the finest collection of Turkish-Islamic arts of the book. It is said that "The Koran was revealed in the Hejaz, read in Cairo and written in Istanbul", and the truth of this saying is confirmed by the exquisite manuscript Korans and prayer books produced in the Ottoman capital. Selected examples of illuminated Korans and prayer books dating from the 16th to early 20th centuries, with calligraphy by Istanbul artists, some of whom served as calligraphy teacher to the Sultans, large calligraphic panels, again by Istanbul artists, that were hung on walls like paintings, and albums of calligraphic compositions is included in the exhibition in Bahrain.

SSM also has a collection of outstanding examples of Turkish painting. Examples of those depicting the arts of the book and calligraphy and landscapes in oil showing Istanbul and its environs by painters who lived in Istanbul in the 19th and 20th centuries have also been selected to show in the exhibition.

Exhibition will be open until 13 April 2014.

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