Artistic Exchange: Europe and the Islamic World

This lesson is designed to increase comprehension and appreciation of the National Gallery of Art brochure Artistic Exchange: Europe and the Islamic World, and the accompanying informational labels on featured works in the National Gallery of Art’s permanent collection. Reading comprehension activities help students understand the background essay about the context of cultural exchange between Europeans and others in the eastern hemisphere during the century before 1500. Through picture study, students learn to identify the evidence of these exchanges in the art objects and correlate them to the larger context of interaction among cultures over a long and formative period of world history.