SMU's Meadows Museum presents--as a companion to the loan of El Greco's Pentecost from the Prado Museum--Sultans and Saints: Spain's Confluence of Cultures, an exhibition that brings together works created in Counter-Reformation Spain and the period of La Convivencia. La Convivencia, the coexistence of Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Spain from the time of the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula in 711 to the expulsion of Jews and Muslims from Spain by Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492, was an unusual and important time in European culture. Mimicking the religious coexistence, a variety of media is featured in the exhibition, including ceramics, paintings, manuscripts, works on paper and sculpture, from both the Meadows Museum permanent collection and SMU's Bridwell Library. Letters of nobility issued by Charles V and Philip II, collections of sermons and scriptural explications, and a small selection of works providing an introduction to convivencia and its integration of styles are showcased, as well as the somewhat unexpected manuscript of a medical manual translated from Latin into Hebrew for a Jewish doctor in 1466. The exhibition runs through January 23, 2011. The Meadows is located at 5900 Bishop Blvd. Call 214-768-2516 or visit smu.edu/meadowsmuseum for more information.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Dec. 17. Continues through Jan. 23, 2010