The Worcester Art Museum
Preserved Pages: Book as Art in Persia and India, 1300–1800
October 13, 2018 – January 6, 2019
This exhibition focuses on works on paper, separated from books (manuscripts) and albums, from the Worcester Art Museum's collection. Representing the two main contexts for the image in Iran and India from the Mongol invasions of the mid-1200s through the pre-modern period, Preserved Pages highlights several important artworks. These include landmark manuscripts, such as the 14th-century Great Mongol Shahnama (Book of Kings), and other rarely seen treasures of the Museum's Islamic art collection. Exhibition themes focus on the broad diversity of the arts of the book; the cultural and artistic value of art and literature; the variety of texts, genres, and modes of pictorial illustration and enhancement; and the subject matter and mediums developed by artists (painting, drawing, and illumination).
Preserved Pages: Book as Art in Persia and India, 1300–1800 has been made possible by a gift from Barry, Mitra, and Tav Morgan in honor of Mahroo Morgan.