From lavish textiles and intricately patterned carpets to colourful paintings, polychrome Iznik wares, and precious inlaid metalwork: the world premiere of Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection introduces Canadian and international audiences to a choice selection from one of the world’s most important private collections of Islamic art. Handpicked by Dr. Alessandro Bruschettini in conversation with Aga Khan Museum Curator Filiz Çakır Phillip, the objects showcased in the exhibition, numbering more than 40 and dating from the 13th to 17th centuries, demonstrate remarkable vibrancy, variety, and technical perfection and represent the essence of this rarely exhibited collection. A feast for the eyes, Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection illuminates the noble art of collecting and the enduring appeal of Islamic masterworks.
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.
Curator: Dr. Filiz Çakır Phillip