Art Study Center Seminar: Painted Piety—The Art of Religious Devotion in Morocco


Friday, March 8, 2019, 11:00am to 12:00pm


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street Cambridge MA

In this seminar, Mounia Chekhab Aboudaya, curator for North Africa and Iberia at the Museum of Islamic Art, in Doha, Qatar, and Rachel Parikh, the Calderwood Curatorial Fellow in South Asian Art at the Harvard Art Museums, will explore the religious and artistic context behind a large, calligraphic panel venerating the Prophet Muhammad.

This recent acquisition, created in 20th-century Morocco, is as enigmatic as it is striking—there is no known devotional panel like it. However, drawing from other objects, such as pilgrimage guides and prayer books, within Harvard Art Museums’ rich collections, Chekhab Aboudaya and Parikh will demonstrate the panel’s connection to literary, intellectual, and cultural traditions within the Islamic world.

To hear more about this panel, join us for Chekhab Aboudaya’s lecture at the Harvard Art Museums on Wednesday, March 6.

The seminar will take place in the Art Study Center, Level 4.

Free admission, but registration is required. Registration for this seminar will open on Friday, February 15, 2019, and participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, please email

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the program to allow sufficient time to sign in at the Art Study Center reception desk, and be prepared to present a photo ID. 
Lockers are available on the Lower Level, Level 1, and Level 4 to check bags, coats, umbrellas, and any food or drink.


ORGANIZER: Harvard Art Museum