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. Raby also has extensive experience in the field of publishing, where he has distinguished himself in the area of Asian studies as an author, editor and publisher. At Oxford, he was the series founder and series editor of Oxford Studies in Islamic Art. He is the founder and former co-owner of Azimuth Editions, a major publisher in the field of Asian studies. Raby is the author of numerous papers, articles and books in the field of Islamic art, including “Venice, Dürer and the Oriental Mode” (1982); “Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey” (London, 1989), “Turkish Bookbinding in the 15th Century, The Foundation of a Court Style” (1993) and “Qajar Portraits” (London, 1999). Raby was born in London. He received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Magdalen College at the University of Oxford (1971), where he also earned his doctorate in Oriental Studies (1981). His affiliation with Oxford grew to include a prominent role as university lecturer in Islamic art and architecture (1979 to present), chairman of curators of the Oriental Institute (1991-1993 and 1995-2000) and chairman of the Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies (1993-1995).