The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is a showcase for the arts of Muslim civilizations. This richly illustrated volume highlights more than one hundred of its rarest and most varied artifacts, including radiant illuminations and calligraphy; marvels in ivory, wood, and metal; and exquisite paintings, ceramics, and architectural decorations.
Assembled by His Highness the Aga Khan and members of his family, the Museum's collection features masterpieces of design, texture, and artistry created over more than fourteen hundred years throughout the vast region that encompasses Spain, North Africa, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, India, and China. Incorporating superb examples of tiles and panels with geometric designs that once adorned monuments to lesser-known curiosities such as an astrolabe, scientific and medical manuscripts, and an astronomical compendium, this fascinating collection honours the universal and timeless quests for knowledge and beauty, shedding light on the inspiration that generations of Muslim artists, artisans, and patrons have drawn from their diverse intellectual, artistic, and cultural heritage.
Essays and noted scholars illuminate the history and significance of the collection; the magnificent, light-filled building architect Fumihiko Maki designed to house it; and the Aga Khan Park, embracing the 6.8-hectare site on Wynford Drive.
Available in French and English
Dimensions 28.5 x 25 x 2.1 cm