Nasta'liq —
Performing Beauty (w/t)


With its sinuous lines and carefully considered flourishes, Nasta'liq finds itself at home in the gold-embossed poetry books of bygone Persian royalty or the collections of contemporary art museums. But will it continue to flourish in our increasingly digital future, or will it soon be relegated to gallery walls and display cases? Master calligraphers, researchers, and artists illuminate the origins of this revered calligraphic form, the ways in which it encapsulates the very soul of Persian culture and society, and the fight for its survival.

Sayyid Amir 'Ali, mid-17th century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art