The Musée du Louvre houses one of the world’s largest collections of Islamic Art. They opened a whole department devoted to Islamic Art in 2003, comprising mainly of royal collections which trace back to bygone eras. Still, Louvre Museum’s present collection devoted to creative artifacts and artworks from Islamic lands trace back to the dawn of the Muslim religion in early Nineteenth Century. The top 3 must-visit collections of Department of Islamic Art are as follows. Check them out when on a Louvre guided tour to discover a hidden affinity you may have for Islamic Art of the mysterious or creative kind.
The Font Called “Baptistère of Saint Louis”
This mystifying artifact that dates from circa 1320 to 1340, bears former French King Louis IX’s name, as per the belief that he brought it into the country. The description of the font says that it was used to baptize newborns in the royal family of France. But then, how could a ceremonial object such as this one, which traces back to an era preceding the death of Saint Louis, be named after a French King himself? The origin of the object, believed to be made by a Syrian or an Egyptian artist, rather defies that its naming. Yet, the detail on its engraved patterns, which the French would be familiar with, boasts of royalty.
Bottle with Coat Of Arms
This Mamluk artifact, which traces back to Egypt or Syria of mid 14th Century, reminds one of ancient Chinese motifs. The making of such a bottle with enamel as well as gilt decoration requires acute mastery in glass-blowing. The bottle has a coating showing an eagle with its wings spread, and an inscription which was originally believed to be that of Egyptian Sultan An-Nasir Muhammad, and carries an unsolved mystery as to its arrival to the Louvre in 1893. In the same year, Louvre created a section devoted to Museum Art, which got transformed over subsequent years of renovation and expansion.
This painting, done in gold and gouache on paper, was created by 2 Uzbek painters and bequeathed to the Parisian museum during the early 1990’s. It portrays a literary fellow posing as a reader, while accompanied by other figures. You could find several paintings if you search the title ‘Man Reading,’ but this here is how Louvre Museum puts it forth.