Upper Sixth Art Historians Attend Islamic Study Day

Posted: 12/10/18

Having just embarked on the theme of Identities in Art, and grappling with major world religions, ideologies and art movements as part of their new global syllabus, Upper Sixth art historians visited the Leighton House Museum for a study day on Islamic art.

Victorian artist Lord Leighton’s orientalist house - with the Arab Hall, tiles, and textiles from across the Middle East - provided a beautiful setting to hear an inspiring range of world-renowned speakers. Trustee, Melanie Gibson, introduced the complex issue of exactly what ‘Islamic art’ might mean, before V&A curator, Susan Stronge, spoke on the Mughal Art of the Book, SOAS Professor, Scott Redford, on Sinan’s Sülemaniye Mosque in Istanbul, and the Courtauld Institute’s Dr Sussan Babaie on Shirin Neshat’s contemporary photography and film.

Students also practised calligraphy, enjoyed a picnic in the sunshine at lunchtime and explored the house under the tutelage of curator Daniel Robbins.

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