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Tim Stanley

Tim Stanley is a Senior Curator in the Middle East Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum, with interests specifically in the Turkish world, Qurans and unillustrated manuscripts, lacquer, arms and armour, furniture and woodwork.


  • The art of letter writing

    Online article

    The art of letter writing Tim Stanley on a celebration of Şeyh Hamdullah and the 500-year-old calligraphy tradition that almost vanished

  • Speaking Baroque

    From Issue 59
  • Painting The Map Green

    Online article
  • Ceramic Dynamics

    From Issue 54

    Two weighty tomes on Iznik ceramics were published this year. Tim Stanley reviews the magnificent new catalogue of the Ömer Koç Iznik Collection, surely the most beautiful book ever published on the subject, and a handsomely illustrated new study of the tiles of Damascus

  • Cutting Edge

    From Issue 53
  • Parisian Panache

    From Issue 49

    The V&A’s Tim Stanley eyes up the Louvre’s astonishing new Islamic offering

  • A Seriously Magnum Opus

    From Issue 48
  • New Light on Old Glories at the V&A

    From Issue 36

    For three years, the main Islamic Middle East gallery at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum was closed. It reopened in 2006 to spectacular effect. Here we present key aspects of a stunning permanent collection that can now be seen, literally, in a new light. Commentary by its curator, Tim Stanley. Gallery photographs by Fritz von der Schulenburg

  • Europe a la Turque

    From Issue 47

    Tim Stanley on Nurhan Atasoy’s new tour de force on Ottoman art and artefacts in Europe

  • Words of art

    Turkish calligraphy

    From Issue 16

    The Sakip Sabanci Collection of Calligraphy. Tim Stanley reports on a spectacular exhibition of Arabic calligraphy, a Turkish art form generally less accessible to outsiders.

  • Sinan the Magnificent

    From Issue 34
  • Of Paupers and Princes

    From Issue 42
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