The Art of Collecting: Placing the Bruschettini Collection

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The Art of Collecting: Placing the Bruschettini Collection

Date: Sun, Sep 24, 2017 02:00PM - Sun, Sep 24, 2017 04:30PM
Price: $20, $5 Friends, $12 students, $15 seniors Includes same-day Museum admission

Gain an insider’s perspective on the seldom-seen artworks in the Bruschettini Collection. Hear from Islamic art experts as they share stories of the important research they’ve done in relation to the Collection, and deliver key insights into some of the artworks on display in the special exhibition Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection.


  • Alberto Boralevi, Private Collector, Florence
  • Filiz Çakır Phillip, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
  • Sheila R. Canby, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Claus-Peter Haase, Free University, Berlin
  • Elisabetta Raffo, Bruschettini Foundation for Islamic and Asian Art, Genoa

Alberto Boralevi comes from a family of art dealers that have been in the antique carpet and textile business in Venice and Florence since the beginning of the 20th century. In 1982, he discovered in the Pitti Palace of Florence the now famous Medici Cairene Carpets.

Dr. Filiz Çakır Phillip (PhD, Freie Universität Berlin) is Curator at the Aga Khan Museum and of the exhibition Arts of the East. She previously worked as a curator at the Museum für Islamische Kunst in Berlin, and was Research Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Dr. Sheila R. Canby was appointed Patti Cadby Birch Curator of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009. She previously worked at The British Museum, London, where she was Curator of Islamic Art and Antiquities.

Dr. Claus-Peter Haase has served as Honorary Professor of Islamic art and Archaeology at the Free University of Berlin since 2004. He is the former director of the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin, and continues to serve as a member of the Advisory Board of the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul.

Elisabetta Raffo is the Director of the Bruschettini Foundation for Islamic and Asian Art. She holds a BA in Medieval Art from the University of Genoa, Italy, with a dissertation titled Islamic and Oriental Iconography on 13th to 15th-Century Ceramics found in Genoa in Medieval Buildings: A Survey of Basins, Vessels and Tiles.

Jovanna Scorsone is Education Manager at the Aga Khan Museum, and is responsible for the delivery of dynamic, thought provoking programs for diverse audiences. Her work in museum learning and interpretation has spanned museums in Canada, Syria, Korea, Northern Ireland, and the UK.

Detail of "Greek and Chinese Painter Competition," folio from a manuscript of the Masnavi-i Ma‘navi (The Spiritual Couplets) by Jalal al-Din Rumi (Maulana) (d. 1273); Tabriz, Iran; 1530. Opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper. Copyright © The Bruschettini Collection.


Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection

September 23, 2017 to January 21, 2018

The Ottomans in Italy

Thursday, October 19, 1–2 pm

Ottoman Geometric Patterns

Sunday, December 3, 11 am–4 pm

Curator’s Tour
Arts of the East with Dr. Filiz Çakır Phillip

Tuesday, December 5, 6:30–7:30 pm


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