The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts is one of the Smithsonian Freer-Sackler Galleries‘ most recent exhibitions and it features many, many magnificent Qurans. Qurans with gold, jewels & precious metals; ancient Qurans; colorful Qurans; and even one with pages about the size of a twin bed.
We attended an opening event with calligrapher talks (including one of the US’ most esteemed masters, Mohamed Zakariya) and other demonstrations.
We also attended a family workshop with local artist, Lubna Zahid. She gave us an introduction to the art of illumination then led us through the exhibition highlighting different motifs found in various Qurans. We then used our sketches and her techiques to illuminate a custom bookmark.
Catch a tour, family workshop or open studio before it The Art of the Qur’an ends February 20, 2017.