Love and Yearning: Mystical and Moral Themes in Persian Poetry and Paintings

August 30, 2003 – February 22, 2004

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 1 Floor Plan

Lyrical poetry has been one of the principal sources of inspiration for painters and calligraphers throughout the Persian world. In this exhibition, 26 illustrated manuscripts, detached paintings, and several textiles, dating from the 15th to 17th centuries, highlight some of the central mystical and moral themes in Persian poetry and painting and explore the relationship between text and image. Manuscripts on view include pages from Nizami's Khamsa (Quintet) and Jami's Haft Awrang (Seven Thrones).