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Art Study Center Seminar: Painted Piety—The Art of Religious Devotion in Morocco [AT CAPACITY]

Calligraphic panel showing stylized views of Mecca and Medina and sandals of the Prophet Muhammad, Africa, Morocco, 20th century. Ink, colors, and gold on paper, mounted on board. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard Art Museums, 2016.206. 


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

This event is at capacity.

In this seminar, Mounia Chekhab Abudaya, curator for North Africa and Iberia at the Museum of Islamic Art, in Doha, Qatar, and Rachel Parikh, the Calderwood Curatorial Fellow in South Asian Art at the Harvard Art Museums, will explore the religious and artistic context behind a large, calligraphic panel venerating the Prophet Muhammad.

This recent acquisition, created in 20th-century Morocco, is as enigmatic as it is striking—there is no known devotional panel like it. However, drawing from other objects, such as pilgrimage guides and prayer books, within Harvard Art Museums’ rich collections, Chekhab Abudaya and Parikh will demonstrate the panel’s connection to literary, intellectual, and cultural traditions within the Islamic world.

To hear more about this panel, join us for Chekhab Abudaya’s lecture at the Harvard Art Museums on Wednesday, March 6.

The seminar will take place in the Art Study Center, Level 4.

Free admission, but registration is required. Registration for this seminar will open on Friday, February 15, 2019, and participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, please email

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the program to allow sufficient time to sign in at the Art Study Center reception desk, and be prepared to present a photo ID.
Lockers are available on the Lower Level, Level 1, and Level 4 to check bags, coats, umbrellas, and any food or drink.