The new Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art houses fine examples of craftsmanship in ceramics, rock crystal and wood carving and includes the famous Ardabil carpet.
A history of the acquisition and early years of the V&A’s Islamic collections sets the scene and is followed by an account of the curatorial processes involved in the selection of themes and objects, both for the redisplay and for the exhibition Palace and Mosque. A discussion of the design concept for the Gallery highlights the challenges of creating a more modern environment for Islamic art, and of presentation and interpretation to a wider public through interactive and educational tools. Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) conservators also show, through a series of case studies, how objects of different types were prepared for display, while the lead-up to the actual installation of the objects is described in detail.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London houses one of the world’s most important collections of Islamic art from the Middle East.
About the Editors
Author and researcher Rosemary Crill is a Senior Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, specialising in Indian textiles and Rajasthani painting.
Tim Stanley is also a Senior Curator in the Victoria and Albert Museum, with interests specifically in the Turkish world, Qurans and unillustrated manuscripts, lacquer, arms and armour, furniture and woodwork. He is also the leader of the team working on the Jameel Gallery.
About the Publisher
V&A Publishing works to enrich people’s lives by promoting the research, knowledge and enjoyment of the designed world. Working on around 30 books a year, ranging from children’s storybooks to scholarly monographs, all V&A Publishing profits are returned each year to the Victoria and Albert Museum.