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January 30, 2020 1:00PM - September 17, 2020 2:00PM
2020 Lectures

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September 17, 2020 2:00PM


Gardens of Eternal Bliss: Islamic Garden Carpets and Metaphors for Heaven and Earth
with Prof. Walter Denny


In this interactive talk for the Aga Khan Museum, renowned art historian Prof. Walter Denny will examine the importance of gardens and garden carpets in Islamic art, showcasing some of the most spectacular works of the tradition. Using eye-catching visuals to guide his points, Prof. Denny will take time to let the carpets “speak for themselves,” through their lavish imagery and through the poetic passages threaded into a few notable examples.

Having Prof. Denny present his talk virtually will make it accessible to art lovers around the world. In addition, we will host a viewing party in the Museum’s Auditorium, allowing those in attendance to see the carpets gloriously projected onto the big screen. Once the talk is over, attendees can put their learnings to good use as they gaze upon the resplendent beauty of the Wagner Garden Carpet, currently on display in the Museum’s Collections Gallery.

To attend in person: Please reserve your viewing party ticket below. Because of physical-distancing requirements, only 50 spaces will be available. Registration is free with Museum admission.

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