Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts

Edited by Amy Landau

Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
Hardcover 256 pages

Pearls on a String presents the arts of historical Islamic cultures by focusing on specific people and relationships among cultural taste makers, especially painters, calligraphers, poets, and their patrons. Through a series of chapters, the book spotlights certain historical moments from across the Islamic world. Each chapter pivots around patrons and their social networks. These independent sections allow different voices and perspectives to emerge, enabling the reader to see that Islamic societies are not monolithic but made up of a tapestry of individuals with distinct and varying views.

Exhibition February 26-May 8, 2016