The Damascus Room at The Metropolitan Museum of Art


The Damascus Room at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a period room dating back to 1707 in Damascus, Syria, which was part of the Ottoman Empire. The luxurious space was a reception room, likely for an affluent family to host visitors. The opulent décor and poetic inscriptions were designed to make the space feel like a retreat from the bustling commercial center located on the Silk Road and the route to Mecca. Explore the masterpiece with Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. A new episode of Bank of America’s Masterpiece Moment will be available every two weeks throughout the year.

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