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Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great

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Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great

200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
February 26th, 2016 - May 8th, 2016
Opening: February 26th, 2016 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.asianart.org/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Union Square/Civic Center
EMAIL:  
members@asianart.org
PHONE:  
415.581.3500
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10-5; Thu (Jan-Oct) 10-9; Thu (Nov-Dec) 10-5; closed Mon
TAGS:  
painting, traditional
COST:  
Free with museum admission

DESCRIPTION

An international loan exhibition of Islamic art organized in collaboration with the

Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the

Great Islamic Courts emphasizes the role of human relationships in inspiring and

sustaining artistic creativity at imperial courts. The exhibition spans a geographic range

from the Bay of Bengal to the Mediterranean Sea and dates from the 16th to the 18th

century — a period marked by the global movement of ideas and technologies and

increased interaction among various cultural and religious communities. Pearls on a

String is organized into three vignettes, each pivoting around a main protagonist in a

different century and empire of the Islamic world. Through 64 exquisite artworks,

Pearls on String tells the stories of a writer in 16th-century Mughal India, a painter in

17th-century Safavid Iran, and a patron in 18th-century Ottoman Turkey. Organized by

the Walters Art Museum and the Asian Art Museum. Accompanied by a catalogue.

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