In this talk, Dr. Canby will discuss some of the joint initiatives with curators and academics in the region intended to protect and preserve collections and sites in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere. The talk will consider broader issues of raising public awareness about cultural heritage before a war begins and safeguarding not only the physical evidence, but also historical knowledge of past civilizations.
Dr. Sheila Canby was appointed Patti Cadby Birch Curator in charge of the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2009. Previously, she served as Curator of Islamic Art and Antiquities at the British Museum from 1991 to 2009. Her department’s new galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia opened in 2011.
Dr. Canby's publications include Shah `Abbas and the Imperial Treasures of Iran (2009), Islamic Art in Detail (2005), Hunt for Paradise: Court Arts of Safavid Iran, 1501-76, co-edited with Jon Thompson (2003), The Golden Age of Persian Art, 1501-1722 (1999), PersianPainting (1993), The Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp (2011 and 2014) and Court and Cosmos: the Great Age of the Seljuqs, with Deniz Beyazit and Martina Rugiadi (2016).