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Who can remain unmoved when faced with a thought from Rumi?

In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.

From October 21, 2011 to January 29, 2012 the Morgan Library & Museum hosted the exhibition Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan, highlighting some of the extraordinary illustrated manuscripts and paintings in the Islamic tradition. One of the most beautiful is the illustrated life of Rumi (1207 – 1273).

This panel shows Shams of Tabriz, Rumi’s spiritual instructor, in brown, looking at the reflection of the sun in a small pool, while Rumi points to the sun itself. The entwined cypress and fruit tree to the right is meant to convey the love the two had for each other.

If you haven’t read Rumi you can read some of his quotes here and Amazon offers many collections.