MURAQQA': Imperial Mughal Albums from the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

May 3, 2008 – August 3, 2008

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

Sublevel 1 Floor Plan

This exhibition features 82 masterpieces -- many on view for the first time in the United States -- from the renowned collection of the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Ireland, and 2 masterworks from the Freer Gallery's famed collection of Mughal paintings. These works illustrate the artists' sophistication in creating the art of the book in the early 17th century. On display in lavish imperial albums (called muraqqa' in Persian) are Mughal paintings and calligraphies commissioned by the Emperor Jahangir (reigned 1605-27) and Shah Jahan (reigned 1627-58), depicting images of the imperial family in private settings, Sufi saints and mystics, allies and courtiers, and natural history objects. Also on view are many folios -- some with full-page paintings with figural borders, others with collages of European, Persian, and Mughal works collected by the emperors.

No photography permitted.