Dr. Karen Rose Mathews
East meets West: Islamic Objects in Italian Renaissance Art
Renaissance Italy engaged extensively with the Islamic world in political, economic, and cultural realms: exchanging ambassadors, trading goods, and participating in a vibrant pan-Mediterranean visual culture. A clear-cut manifestation of Italians’ fascination with the East can be seen in the extraordinary number of Islamic objects in princely collections and their prominent display in Renaissance paintings by such artists as Duccio, Fra Angelico, and Carpaccio. The Italian elite—popes, doges, princes—acquired these objects because of their beauty, luxury, and exoticism. Artists illustrated these objects in commissioned paintings to showcase the elite’s cultural sophistication and international connections.
The Boca Raton Museum of Art partners with the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery to investigate different aspects of the Italian museum’s collection and its cultural impact. Online tickets required; ticket includes access to the galleries.
Seating is limited.