Mid-17th century Islamic carpets will hang side by side with depictions in Dutch paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 11 March through 11 June 2014. As early as the 14th century, images of carpets woven in primarily Anatolia and Persia began to appear in European paintings.
The three paintings on view are Gabriël Metsu’s A Musical Party (1659); Cornelis Bisschop’s A Young Woman and a Cavalier (early 1660s); and Matthijs Naiveu’s Newborn Baby (1675). The related carpets are of ‘Lotto’, Indo-Isfahan and ‘Chessboard’ types.
All paintings and carpets are from the museums own holdings. The exhibition ‘Carpets of the East in Paintings from the West’ is organized by Deniz Beyazit, Assistant Curator, Department of Islamic Art and the exhibition is made possible by The Hagop Kevorkian Fund.
Location and more information: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028, Hagop Kevorkian Fund Special Exhibitions Gallery, Gallery 458.
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