Reviews & Press

“It’s a glorious show, utterly, and like nothing I’ve ever seen…” –Holland Cotter, NYT

“…some of the most beautiful and significant calligraphy and book illustration ever produced.” –Apollo

“The dazzling array of calligraphic variety across these manuscripts is astounding.” –The Economist

“…some of the finest existing examples from diverse historical eras and cultures,…” –The Guardian

“A magic visual experience” –Times of Israel

“The Quran copies are like little peepholes, allowing us to peer back into the lives of people we never knew.” –Morning Edition, NPR

“…the loan of these items from Turkey is in the finest tradition of illuminated Qur'ans.” –Smithsonian Magazine

Number three exhibition to see in 2016 –Best Art of the Year, Holland Cotter, NYT

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The Freer|Sackler is currently closed for renovations, updates, and gallery reinstallation. The popular exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan is still on view in the International Gallery. (Enter through the Ripley Center.) Please join us for our weekend-long reopening celebration on October 14 and 15, 2017.