Islamic Art from the Khalili Collections

Frontispiece with a dedication to Sultan Khalil (detail). Iran, Tabriz, 1478 AD. Ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper, 20.3 x 13.5 cm. Courtesy of the Khalili Family Trust

The sort of art that can possibly cause Stendhal syndrome – with Raag Darbari on flute to set a suitable backdrop of an ecstasy suffused with great calm.

In the winter of 2010/2011, De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam will present highlights from one of the world’s most renowned collections of Islamic art. Passion for Perfection will include some 500 objects from the collection of Professor Nasser D. Khalili. From 11 December 2010 to 17 April 2011, De Nieuwe Kerk will glitter with richly illuminated Qur’ans and manuscripts, paintings, gold, jewels, textiles, ceramics, glassware, lacquerware, metalwork, and wood carvings.

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