Phoenix Art Museum opens Sacred Word and Image. Five World Religions

The Phoenix Art Museum presents Sacred Word and Image. Five World Religions, an exhibition opening on January 4, 2012 featuring the written word and painted image as expressed in the cultures of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity throughout the past 1500 years.

Painting of Krishna and Radha under an Umbrella, India, 19th century. Ink and color on paper; 8 3/8 x 6 3/8 in. (20.8 x 16.1 cm). Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of George P. Bickford.

The exhibition, on view through March 25, 2012, draws from the collections of Phoenix Art Museum and several prominent private collections, and includes a variety of materials used to document mankind’s significant thoughts and beliefs, including everything from paper, palm leaf and vellum, to wood, lacquer, metal and ivory.

Commented Dr. Janet Baker, Curator of Asian Art, Phoenix Art Museum, “In some instances, complete illustrated manuscripts allow us to understand the original artistic and literary vision of the scribe and illustrator. Other examples preserve the decorative and illustrative images, which tell a visual story that is linked to one of the major tenets of a religious faith. These sacred objects were created to be used as part of rituals and celebrations within their religious traditions.”

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