Past Exhibitions


Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur′an

Fri, 11/02/2007 - 20:00 -- wds
Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur′an
November 3, 2007—February 3, 2008 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
October 7, 2008—February 8, 2009 Asia Society Museum, New York
August 28, 2010—December 5, 2010 Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta

Folio from a Qur′an in Eastern Kufic Script, Iran, possibly Mashhad, late 11th century–early 12th century, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum.

Celebrating the rich religious and artistic tradition of calligraphy, or “beautiful writing,” these exhibitions highlight examples of the most esteemed of the Islamic visual arts. The works on view in these exhibitions—from practice alphabets to elaborately finished manuscripts—serve as traces of individuals, belief systems, and cultures. Traces of the Calligrapher is curated by Mary McWilliams, Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art, Harvard Art Museums; and David Roxburgh, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Art History, Harvard University. Writing the Word of God is curated by Roxburgh. Both exhibitions are a collaboration of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Harvard Art Museums. The accompanying catalogues are published by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.