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Julian Raby, Director, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Julian Raby was appointed director of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in March 2002.

A well-known scholar of Islamic art, Raby has a wide range of scholarly interests, from Byzantium to China, Late Antiquity to the Renaissance. As director of the Freer and Sackler galleries, he has championed such popular exhibitions as “Return of the Buddha: The Qingzhou Discoveries” (2004), “Style and Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey” (2005), “Hokusai” (2006), “Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries” (2007), “Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur” (2008) and “Tsars and the East: Gifts from Turkey and Iran in The Moscow Kremlin” (2009).

Photo Credit: Ken Rahaim, Smithsonian Institution

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