The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents "Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands" closing day
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents "Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands," an exhibition of more than 100 works highlighting the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Iranian civilization from the 6th to the 19th century. Drawn from one of the most significant collections of Persian art held in private hands and rarely publicly displayed, the works span a range of media, including carpets, textiles, manuscripts, paintings, ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, scientific instruments, and jeweled objects.
Highlights include exquisite miniature paintings from the Shahnama, the Iranian national epic; a range of historically significant ceramics; precious inlaid metal wares; finely woven silk fabrics; and a monumental silk carpet from the apex of Safavid dynasty carpet production.
Celebrating a landmark agreement between the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and a renowned private collector, works from these holdings will be presented in a series of special exhibitions over a five-year period at the MFAH. "Bestowing Beauty" is the inaugural exhibition as part of the 10th anniversary program for the Museum’s Art of the Islamic Worlds initiative.