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The True Description of Cairo: A Sixteenth-Century Venetian View

Nicholas Warner, architect and architectural historian

Examine the imagery, context, accompanying Latin text, and underlying narrative of a remarkable 1549 woodcut by Matteo Pagano depicting an aerial view of Cairo, only two impressions of which are known to survive. Presented with the opening of the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia.

This program is generously supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Collections, Islamic Art (61)

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Conserving the Damascus Room
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Discoveries Symposium Part 6
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Discoveries Symposium Part 5
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Discoveries Symposium Part 3
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Discoveries Symposium Part 2
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Discoveries Symposium Part 1
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Discoveries Symposium Part 4
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Games of the Ancient World
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