“Love Has Befriended Me”: Persian Art and Culture in World History
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 – Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
06:30 PM – 07:30 PM
Presented by Lisa Balabanlilar, associate professor of history, Rice University
Less than 100 years after the region’s conquest and conversion, Greater Iran would become the center of the Islamic empire. Centuries of Iranian kingship had created sophisticated traditions of rule, a rich literary culture, and unrivaled artistic vision—a legacy that would have a profound influence across the Islamic world.
In particular, a Persian political and cultural synthesis emerged that would dominate Central Asian and North Indian societies for hundreds of years. Turkish and Mongol royal courts would adopt the Persian literary and visual canon in order to express their own political identities, devotional passions, relationship with beauty and landscape, and vision of morality, kingship, and justice.
This lecture explores the historical and cultural past to provide context for the exhibition Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands.
• $5 MFAH Members
• $10 Adult nonmembers
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HOURS & ADMISSION
Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
- MFAH Members FREE
- Adults $15
- Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
- Military (with ID) $10
- College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
- Youth (13–18) $7.50
- Children (12 & younger) FREE
- Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
Directions & Parking
- Free Parking
- Paid Parking
- Street Parking
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Two Parking Garages
Parking Garage HoursOpen daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Parking Garage Fees
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- The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
- For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
Special Offers / Dining
Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.
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