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Word and Image in Islamic Art

Online Course

Word and Image in Islamic Art

Date: Beginning July 7, 2021, 1–2 pm ET
Price: Fee: $50 (for all 5 sessions); $45 (Friends Pricing)

Presented by Museum Curator Dr. Michael Chagnon, this dynamic five-week course will be offered once a week, from July 7 until August 4.


“Word and Image” explores how artists from the inception of Islam in the 7th century to the present day have navigated between the visual and verbal realms to create spellbinding works of art. Combining storytelling with focused analysis of masterpieces from the Aga Khan Museum and peer institutions, this class will reveal the interdependence between poetry, images, memory, and imagination. Each session, offered live online, provides students with a digital interactive experience and post-session conversations with the instructor. The course is aimed at life-long learners; all levels of knowledge are accepted.


Course topics include: 

•The role of calligraphy on objects and monuments   

•The text-image relationship in illustrated manuscripts   

•Word and Image in Modern and Contemporary Art   


Registration is now closed -- Registration is limited to 100 participants. 

Fee: $50 (for all 5 sessions); $45 (Friends Pricing). 





Dr. Michael Chagnon is a Curator at the Aga Khan Museum and a specialist of Persian painting and the arts of the book. He has held curatorial positions at Japan Society in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum. Dr. Chagnon’s substantial teaching experience includes a graduate seminar on Persianate painting at Columbia University, New York, and a master class on Islamic manuscripts at the New York Public Library. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, in 2015. 


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