Preserved Pages: Book as Art in Persia and India, 1300–1800, at the Worcester Art Museum

Mark your calendars for the upcoming exhibition

Preserved Pages:
Book as Art in Persia and India, 1300–1800

October 13, 2018 – January 6, 2019

at the Worcester Art Museum

55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609    508.799.4406

Persian, An Irate Camel, (detail), 17th Century

This exhibition focuses on works on paper, separated from books (manuscripts) and albums, from the Worcester Art Museum’s collection. Representing the two main contexts for the image in Iran and India from the Mongol invasions of the mid-1200s through the pre-modern period, Preserved Pages highlights several important artworks. These include landmark manuscripts, such as the 14th-century Great Mongol Shahnama (Book of Kings), and other rarely seen treasures of the Museum’s Islamic art collection. Exhibition themes focus on the broad diversity of the arts of the book; the cultural and artistic value of art and literature; the variety of texts, genres, and modes of pictorial illustration and enhancement; and the subject matter and mediums developed by artists (painting, drawing, and illumination).

Image: Persian, An Irate Camel, (detail), 17th Century, opaque watercolor on paper,
Bequest of Alexander H. Bullock, 1962.185