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Hidden Marvels of the Louvre Museum: Part 5 - Islamic Art with Dr. Guillaume Durand

Hidden Marvels of the Louvre Museum: Part 5 - Islamic Art with Dr. Guillaume Durand


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The iconic museum of Paris, the Louvre, is especially known for its master painters such as Da Vinci, Raphael, David, Delacroix, or Géricault, as well as some ancient sculptures like the Venus of Milo or the Victory of Samothrace. Apart from these masterpieces which attract millions of tourists every year, this maze-like museum conceals stunning marvels from Antiquity and the Medieval period in its less crowded wings and rooms.

In this five-part series, featuring stand-alone but complementary lectures, join archaeologist and art historian Guillaume Durand in the discovery of these hidden marvels. Each lecture will put into historical context the artistic culture(s) covered as well as the evolution of the collection since the opening of this 12th century palace as a public gallery in 1793. Participants will come away with a thoughtful and refined understanding of Ancient and Early Medieval art in Europe and around the Mediterranean with the eye of a connoisseur.

Part 5 – Islamic Art
“Muslim arts” were exhibited since 1893 but divided between the Works of Art department and the Eastern Antiquities department. It was only in 2012 that a coherent department of “Islamic Art” was opened in the Visconti court under an architectural frame specially created for the purpose. This new Islamic Art department now competes with its counterparts in New York (the MET which gathers 13,000 artworks), London (the British Museum and V&A Museum) and Berlin (the Islamic Museum). Today, there are more than 3,000 works (out of the 16,500 the Museum owns) that allow us to discover the variety and luxury of these objects that belonged to caliphs, sultans, or princes. 

We discover the inventiveness and excellence of the artists through the shiny ceramics, sometimes with reflections of gold or Chinese blue like the Plate with Peacock (1540-1550, Iznik Turkey), the metal basins and vases inlaid with gold and silver like the Lion of Mozon (975-1000 CE, Spain) or the Baptistère de Saint Louis (1320-1340, Mamluk Egypt), or the delicately carved ivories such as the Pyxis of al-Mughira (968 CE, Spain). We also immerse ourselves in the fascinating world of landscapes, gardens, and scenes of life in palaces through masterpieces of miniature painting, silks and carpets (the Mantes carpet, 16th century, Safavid Iran). The superb enameled glass lamps take us to the mosques of Cairo and the colorful ceramic tiles of Iznik, to the monuments of Istanbul or Isfahan.

Passionate about the regions and countries at the crossroad of civilizations, Guillaume Durand, Ph.D. has long-standing expertise in Ancient art and archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin. Assistant dean and professor in archaeology and art history at the Institute for American Universities and the American College of the Mediterranean in Aix-en-Provence, France, Guillaume has traveled many times in Iran during these six past years in order to study the Persian Empires. He is also a tourist guide and lecturer in this country for French citizens.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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