Students get tour of Met's Islamic art collection

Five Penn State School of International Affairs students traveled to New York City on October 26 as part of a university sponsored trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The students received a guided tour of the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia.

The tour explores the Metropolitan Museum's collection of Islamic art, a collection that is one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world. Fifteen galleries grouped by geographic region trace the course of Islamic civilization from Spain in the West to India in the East. The tour draws on this collection to explore the rich artistic traditions of the Islamic world and the distinct cultures within its fold.

Students (from left to right) Tyler Zurisko, Natalie Schreffler, Michelle Sarver and Matt Ceccato in front of an Iranian mihrab from the 17th century.