At the Louvre, the Art of Chivalry between East and West

At the Louvre, the Art of Chivalry between East and West
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The exhibition Furusiyya: The Art of Chivalry between East and West at the Louvre of Abu Dhabi retraces, compares and explores the roots of chivalry, the role of knights and the various codes of conduct which developed throughout the world, from Iraq to Syria in the East, from France to Spain in the West, from the start of the XI Century to the XVI Century. Totally unique, through 130 works of art, including arms, armour, equestrian objects and battle artefacts, as well as rare manuscripts, it allows for the discovery of the historic-geographic evolution of chivalry and the extraordinary intercultural exchanges which took place at the time, a period of conflict but also of encounters. With the juxtaposition of objects from East and West, such as an Arab Kitāb Al-Makhzūn Jāmiʿ Al-Funūn (The Treasure that Best Combines all the Arts) next to a French treatise on combat, or the comparison with turban-helmet of Sultan Bajazet II and a Western Bascinet, similarities and peculiarities become readily evident. The exhibition is broken into three sections - the first retraces the emergence of chivalry during ancient times. The second focuses on the art of war. And, finally, the third follows the development of chivalric culture and highlights the similarities between the Western and Islamic Worlds.
Alessandra Migliorini - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Resort Dubai