Islamic carpets and Dutch paintings at the MET

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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.

Carpet 17th century IranCotton (warp and weft); wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile 97.5 x 56.25 in. (247.65 x 142.87 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Ralph Dudley, 1953 (53.214)Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Carpet 17th century Iran. Cotton (warp and weft); wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile 97.5 x 56.25 in. (247.65 x 142.87 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Ralph Dudley, 1953 (53.214) Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Matthijs Naiveu  (Dutch, Leiden 1647–1726 Amsterdam) The Newborn Baby, 1675 Oil on canvas 25 1/4 x 31 1/2 in. (64.1 x 80 cm)The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, 1871 (71.160) Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Matthijs Naiveu (Dutch, Leiden 1647–1726 Amsterdam) The Newborn Baby, 1675 Oil on canvas 25 1/4 x 31 1/2 in. (64.1 x 80 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, 1871 (71.160) Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“Chessboard” Carpet late 16th or early 17th century probably SyriaAnimal hair (warp and pile), wool (weft); asymmetrically knotted pile  73 1/2 x 51 in. (186.7  x 129.5 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1969 (69.267) Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“Chessboard” Carpet late 16th or early 17th century probably Syria. Animal hair (warp and pile), wool (weft); asymmetrically knotted pile 73 1/2 x 51 in. (186.7 x 129.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museumof Art, Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1969 (69.267) Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Gabriël Metsu (Dutch, Leiden 1629–1667 Amsterdam) A Musical Party, 1659 Oil on canvas 24 1/2 x 21 3/8 in. (62.2 x 54.3 cm)The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1890 (91.26.11) Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Gabriël Metsu (Dutch, Leiden 1629–1667 Amsterdam) A Musical Party, 1659 Oil on canvas 24 1/2 x 21 3/8 in. (62.2 x 54.3 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1890 (91.26.11) Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“Ornamental Lotto” Carpet 17th century Turkey Wool (warp, weft and pile); symmetrically knotted pile 69 1/4 x 48 3/4 in. (175.9 x 123.8 cm)  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922 (22.100.112) Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“Ornamental Lotto” Carpet 17th century Turkey. Wool (warp, weft and pile); symmetrically knotted pile 69 1/4 x 48 3/4 in. (175.9 x 123.8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard,
1922 (22.100.112) Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Cornelis Bisschop (Dutch, Dordrecht 1630–1674 Dordrecht) A Young Woman and a Cavalier, early 1660s Oil on canvas 38 1/2 x 34 3/4 in. (97.8 x 88.3 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982 (1982.60.33) Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Cornelis Bisschop (Dutch, Dordrecht 1630–1674 Dordrecht) A Young Woman and a Cavalier, early 1660s Oil on canvas 38 1/2 x 34 3/4 in. (97.8 x 88.3 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982 (1982.60.33) Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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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