Exhibitions: The Path of Princes - Aga Khan Museum
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The Path of Princes

The Path of Princes"The Path of Princes" Exhibition at the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon ran from 14 March 2008 to 26 July 2008.“The Path of Princes: Masterpieces of the Aga Khan Museum Collection” exhibition at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon was officially opened by Emílio Rui Vilar, President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and Prince Amyn Aga Khan. Portugal’s Minister of Culture, José António Pinto Ribeiro, also attended the event.

Comprising works of art in stone, wood, ivory and glass, metalwork, ceramics, rare works on paper and parchment, the items in the collection created an overview of the artistic accomplishments of Muslim civilisations from the Iberian Peninsula to China and from the eighth to the eighteenth centuries. The collection contained some of the world’s most important masterpieces of Islamic art, including items from the collection of miniatures and manuscripts formed by the late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan (uncle of His Highness the Aga Khan).

The exhibition was organised along two main themes: “The Word of God” and “The Power of the Sovereign”. “The Word of God” presented Qur’ans from different periods of history, illustrating how the sacred text inspired works in both art and architecture. “The Power of the Sovereign” presented works of art from some of the major courts of Islamic history, ranging from precious gold and rock crystal objects produced for the Fatimids in the tenth and eleventh centuries to portraits of Ottoman Sultans and Qajar Shahs. It includes objects that illustrate medieval and early modern Islamic court life, ranging from education to statesmanship, through a series of scientific texts, books of fables, miniaturist paintings and drawings, albums of calligraphy, pen cases, stringed instruments, wood panels, tile ceramics and metalwork.

For more information, please see the press release in English and Versão portuguesa.

Please also see the photographs.

"The Path of Princes" catalogue
Format: PDF
Language: English
Size: 21.51MB
308 pages