Exhibitions

From Pen to Printing Press: Ten Centuries of Islamic Book Arts

March 7 to May 10, 2009

Islamic book art traditions are rich and varied, and they have formed one of the main thrusts of artistic expression from the ninth century until today. The book arts encompass many different practices, including calligraphy, illumination, painting, bookbinding, paper marbling, and printing. From Pen to Printing Press: Ten Centuries of Islamic Book Arts offers a glimpse into these varied traditions of the written heritage of Islam by exhibiting for the first time selections from IU’s collections of Islamic manuscripts, paintings, and related book arts. The exhibition and related programs were made possible with support from Indiana University’s New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Program, funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., and administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research; the Thomas T. Solley Endowment for the Curator for Asian Art; and IU Art Museum’s Arc Fund.

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Image: Alpaslan Babaoğlu (Turkish). Marbled Paper with Tulip Patterns, 1993. IU Art Museum 93.36