Remco van Vliet, third-generation Dutch Master Florist
Navina Najat Haidar, Curator, Department of Islamic Art
Floral forms, whether appearing on scrolling arabesques or enclosed in cusped arches, are among the most enchanting aspects of the art of the Islamic world. The Islamic ideal of paradise conceived of as a garden lies at the root of much of the floral imagery. Historical engagement with medicinal plants; the development of scents and other related products; the response to the natural environment and exchanges with other cultures are also reflected in the development of styles of floral decoration or motifs in Islamic art and architecture. Remco Van Vliet, third-generation Dutch Master Florist will create arrangements with fresh flowers inspired by plants and compositions in the art of the Arab world, Turkey, Iran and India.
This lecture is supported by the Mrs. Joseph H. King Fund.
Image above; Dish Depicting Two Birds Among Flowering Plants (detail), Dish, (Turkey, Iznik ca. 1575–90), Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze, H. 2 3/8 in. Diam. of rim: 11 3/16 in. (28.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of James J. Rorimer in appreciation of Maurice Dimand’s curatorship, 1933–1959, 1959 (59.69.1)
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