Palace and Mosque: Islamic treasures of the Middle East from the V&A was created from the Islamic collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and has been on a world tour to America and Japan during the refurbishment of the V&A’s Jameel Gallery of Middle Eastern Islamic Art. Sheffield is unique in that the Millennium Galleries hosted the only UK showing of this exhibition (14 January – 17 April 2006) before it returned to the V&A.
Palace and Mosque is organized in four main sections. Religious Art explores works made for places of worship, both Muslim and Christian. Art and Power features secular works of art, often depicting human and animal figures, made for royal palaces and courtly residences. The impact of Islamic rulers on artistic style is considered in Ottoman Patronage. Finally, the intense interaction between the Middle East, China, and Europe is the subject of Artistic Exchange.
The exhibition is accompanied by this full colour teachers’ pack, suitable for use by all key stages, which includes suggestions for activities within the exhibition as well as ideas for follow-up work back at school. Full colour reproductions of ten selected works and detailed curriculum links are also included.