Painting honouring Islamic contribution to science goes on show in Sharjah

A painting called “Islamic Scientists” is the now on show at Sharjah’s Museum of Islamic Civilization.

 Barjeel Art Foundation has loaned the work by Syrian artist Mahmoud Hammad to honour the appointment of the emirate as the Islamic Culture Capital of 2014 and to enrich the public’s knowledge of Islam’s history and contribution to science.

The painting completed in 1988 depicts a selection of outstanding scholars from the Islamic world, who have contributed to the development of science and humanity globally. It now has a prominent place in the Ibn Al Haitham Gallery of Islamic Science and Technology at the museum.

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, the founder of Barjeel Art Foundation said, “We are very proud to be working with a museum so diligently dedicated to preserving and promoting Islamic culture and history. We are also very lucky to be presented with an opportunity to honour and celebrate Sharjah’s appointment as the Islamic Culture Capital of 2014, by placing this beautiful and rare artwork in Sharjah’s public domain.”

 Manal Ataya, Director General, Sharjah Museums Department added, ‘The painting – with its wonderfully evocative depiction of outstanding Islamic scientists and scholars – is an important educational as well as artistic addition to the Museum’s Science and Technology Gallery, particularly as it comes with extensive interpretation regarding their lives and contributions.’

The large canvas bears references to significant developments in the fields of astronomy, geometry, chemistry, biology and geography.

 Mahmoud Hammad is a pioneer of Syrian modern art. Born in Jarablus he traveled to Rome in the 1950s to pursue an art education at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, returning to Syria in 1960 to become an art professor. 

 He later went on to first head the art department and then serve as the dean at the Fine Arts Faculty of Damascus University from 1970 to 1980.