2023 Livingston Lecture: Royal Persian painting, Islamic mysticism, and cultural connections between Iran and China

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October 18

5:00pm - 7:15pm

Sturm Hall, Room 281, Lindsay Auditorium

Audience: Alumni,  Current Student,  Faculty,  Neighbor or Friend,  Prospective Student,  Staff

The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences invites you to the 2023 John C. Livingston Lecture in World History:

Shah Abbas I and “The Concourse of the Birds”: A New Reading for a Royal Persian Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Royal Persian painting, Islamic mysticism, and diplomatic and cultural connections between Iran and China in the Early Modern period are the subjects of this year’s John C. Livingston Lecture by Assistant Professor of Art History Bilha Moor. The talk explores manuscript painting in Isfahan (Iran) in the early 17th century when the imperial city was referred to as “half of the world” and attracted European ambassadors, traders, and travelers.

“Professor Moor’s research offers important insights into the cultural, artistic and diplomatic relations between China and Persia at a key period of history and we’re pleased to honor her as this year’s Livingston Lecturer,” said Annabeth Headrick, director, School of Art & Art History. 

A reception with light refreshments will occur before the program from 5 - 6 p.m. The program will begin at 6 p.m.

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Please consider making a donation to support the DU Art Research Travel Grant fund in the School of Art & Art History at DU. Your gift will support the creative and scholarly work of our talented art students.

Plus, read our in-depth preview of the lecture to learn more about Bilha Moor's research and presentation.

About the Speaker

Bilha Moor is an assistant professor of Islamic art history. Her Ph.D. was awarded at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Her research concentrates on Islamic figurative painting, mainly illustrated manuscripts, ca. 1300-1700, and on early Islamic Arabic inscriptions in architectural, historical, and religious contexts. Bilha’s studies have produced articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. At the University of Denver, Bilha teaches classes on over a thousand years of art, architecture, and material culture in the Islamic lands, from Spain in the west to India in the east.

About the Lecture

The John C. Livingston Lecture in World History highlights a current faculty member of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and their work related to history.