Sackler Gallery

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Sackler Gallery - Cya On The Road

This brief tour was a project created by the 7th grade World Studies students at the Berman Hebrew Academy.  Each group was assigned a qur'an from a different time period.  Their objective was to learn more about that Muslim dynasty through one of the qur'ans currently on display at the Sackler Gallery.  A description of that exhibit taken from the Smithsonian website is found below.  Additionally, we hoped that each student developed a greater understanding and appreciation for the rich heritage of Islam through it's art.  The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic ArtsOctober 22, 2016–February 20, 2017In recognition of one of the world’s extraordinary collections of Qur’ans, the Freer|Sackler is hosting a landmark exhibition, the first of its kind in the United States. Some fifty of the most sumptuous manuscripts from Herat to Istanbul will be featured in The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, opening this fall. Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, these manuscripts—which range in date from the early eighth to the seventeenth century—are critical to the history of the arts of the book. They were once the prized possessions of Ottoman sultans and the ruling elite, who donated their Qur’ans to various institutions to express their personal piety and secure political power. Each manuscript tells a unique story, which will be explored in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

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