Islamic calligraphy at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas) will host Traces of the Calligrapher: Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600-1900 and Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur´an through February 3, 2008.

From the website:

"'The first thing created by God was the pen,' according to a Qur´anic dictum, and the practice of calligraphy constituted an expression of piety. Acquiring skill in beautiful writing was an exercise that expanded into another range of values: calligraphy could convey the ideas of a person, by putting them in writing, and also record his or her moral fiber for posterity. Calligraphy became a hallmark of high culture, a trace of its maker.

Traces of the Calligrapher serves to reconstruct the intimate world of the calligrapher, bringing together the "tools of the trade"—works of art in their own right—and the exquisite manifestations that result from the utilization of these functional objects. The exhibition offers new insights into the environment in which the calligrapher worked during the early modern period of Islamic culture."