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Islamic Visual Culture 1100 1800

Author : Oleg Grabar
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Islamic Visual Culture, 1100-1800 is the second in a set of four selections of studies by Oleg Grabar. Its focus is on the key centuries - the eleventh through fourteenth - during which the main directions of traditional Islamic art were created and developed and for which classical approaches of the History of Art were adopted. Manuscript illustrations and the arts of objects dominate the selection of articles, but there are also forays into later times like Mughal India and into definitions of area and period styles, as with the Mamluks in Egypt and the Ottomans, or into parallels between Islamic and Christian medieval arts.

Studies in Chinese and Islamic Art Chinese art

Author : Basil Gray
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Basil Gray's publications on Chinese and Islamic art have done much to introduce these subjects to a European public. This first volume deals with Chinese painting and luxury art. An introductory section on Chinese art attempts to chart the aesthetic and philosophical ideas that lie at the roots of Chinese culture, and which have succeeded in dictating the development of this highly individual civilization. A second section, on Chinese painting, examines the early development of Chinese scroll painting and its subsequent influence on Japanese and European artists. The influence of Chinese painting on the earliest Western visitors to the court at Peking and on subsequent European collectors is of particular interest. The third section deals with lacquer and metalwork, and includes a number of studies which attempt to answer problems of attribution and influence. The volume concludes with two reports on the museums of modern China and Japan. Contents: Preface Chinese Art Chinese Art as an Expression of Chinese Ideals of Life The Development of Taste in Chinese Art in the West Treasures of Chinese Art: Recent Archaeological Discoveries in the People's Republic of China Sloane and the Kaempfer Collection Lord Burlington and Father Ripa's Engravings The Arts of the Ming Dynasty: Painting, Calligraphy and Printing A Great Taoist Painting A Medieval Japanese Painting of the Twelfth Century Chinese Colour Prints from the Ten Bamboo Studio (review) Castiglione, a Jesuit Priest at the Court of the Chinese Emperors (review) The British Museum 'Admonitions Scroll' Attributed to Ku K'ai-chih Admonitions of the Instructress of the Ladies in the Palace: a Painting attributed to Ku K'ai-chih The Eumorfopoulos Lacquer Toilet-box China or D'ong-son A Bronze Lien from Shih-chia-shan The Inlaid Metalwork of Korea Korean Inlaid Lacquer of the Thirteenth Century Museums of China Some New Museums of Japan Additional Notes Index.

Islamic Art

Author : Islamic Art Foundation
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Islamic Art and Beyond

Author : Oleg Grabar
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The articles selected for Islamic Art and Beyond, the third in the set of four selections of articles by Oleg Grabar, illustrate how the author's study of Islamic art led him in two directions for a further understanding of the arts. One is how to define Islamic art and what impulses provided it with its own peculiar forms and dynamics of growth. The other issue is that of the meanings to be given to forms like domes, so characteristic of Islamic art, or to terms like symbol, signs, or aesthetic values in the arts, especially when one considers the contemporary world.

Studies in Chinese and Islamic Art Chinese art

Author : Basil Gray
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Basil Gray's publications on Chinese and Islamic art have done much to introduce these subjects to a European public. This first volume deals with Chinese painting and luxury art. An introductory section on Chinese art attempts to chart the aesthetic and philosophical ideas that lie at the roots of Chinese culture, and which have succeeded in dictating the development of this highly individual civilization. A second section, on Chinese painting, examines the early development of Chinese scroll painting and its subsequent influence on Japanese and European artists. The influence of Chinese painting on the earliest Western visitors to the court at Peking and on subsequent European collectors is of particular interest. The third section deals with lacquer and metalwork, and includes a number of studies which attempt to answer problems of attribution and influence. The volume concludes with two reports on the museums of modern China and Japan. Contents: Preface Chinese Art Chinese Art as an Expression of Chinese Ideals of Life The Development of Taste in Chinese Art in the West Treasures of Chinese Art: Recent Archaeological Discoveries in the People's Republic of China Sloane and the Kaempfer Collection Lord Burlington and Father Ripa's Engravings The Arts of the Ming Dynasty: Painting, Calligraphy and Printing A Great Taoist Painting A Medieval Japanese Painting of the Twelfth Century Chinese Colour Prints from the Ten Bamboo Studio (review) Castiglione, a Jesuit Priest at the Court of the Chinese Emperors (review) The British Museum 'Admonitions Scroll' Attributed to Ku K'ai-chih Admonitions of the Instructress of the Ladies in the Palace: a Painting attributed to Ku K'ai-chih The Eumorfopoulos Lacquer Toilet-box China or D'ong-son A Bronze Lien from Shih-chia-shan The Inlaid Metalwork of Korea Korean Inlaid Lacquer of the Thirteenth Century Museums of China Some New Museums of Japan Additional Notes Index.

Islamic Art in the Ashmolean Museum

Author : James W. Allan
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Islamic Art in the 19th Century

Author : Doris Behrens-Abouseif
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This collection of essays provides a timely reassessment of nineteenth-century Islamic art and architecture. The essays demonstrate that the arts of that era were vibrant and diverse, making ingenious use of native traditions and materials or adopting imported conventions and new technologies. However, traditionalists, revivalists and modernists all referred in one way or another to an Islamic heritage, whether to reinvent, revive or reject it. Beginning with an historical introduction and an assessment of changing attitudes towards the visual arts the following essays provide case studies of architecture and art in Ottoman Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, sub-Saharan Africa, Iran, Central Asia, India and the Caribbean. They examine such issues as patronage, sources of artistic inspiration and responses to European art. The essays have a relevance and importance for our understanding of the societies and attitudes of that time, and have a direct bearing on the more general debate concerning cultural identity and the integration of modern ideas in the Muslim world. The book is richly illustrated with very many illustrations in black-and-white and in full colour.

The Making of Islamic Art

Author : Robert Hillenbrand
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Explores how Islamic art and architecture were made: their materials and their social, political, economic and religious context In their own words, Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair espouse 'things and thinginess rather than theories and isations'. This book's practical, down-to-earth dimension, expressed in plain, simple English, runs counter to the current fashion for theoretical explanations and their accompanying jargon. Its many insights, firmly anchored in artistic practice in architecture, painting and the decorative arts, are supported by ample technical know-how. This bottom-up approach differs radically and refreshingly from that of much top-down contemporary scholarship. It privileges the maker rather than the patron. The range is wide - mosques becoming temples; how religious buildings reflect politics; Yemeni frescoes and inscriptions; domestic Syrian 18th-century ornament; Egyptian bookbinding techniques; recycling and repair in Damascene crafts; conservation versus restoration; narrative on ceramics; metalwork with architectural motifs; lost buildings reconstructed; how objects speak;Muslim burials in China; the role of migrating potters; Mughal painting; stone carpet weights; the use of metals in Islamic manuscripts, calligraphy and modern artists' books. Key Features - Explores previously neglected practice-based approaches to Islamic art - Looks at Islamic art from the craftsman's rather than the patron's viewpoint - Covers not just the Islamic heartlands but extends to India and China, underlining the global presence of Islamic art - Presents material and sources which are usually overlooked in discussions of Islamic art - Revises conventional wisdom in fields as disparate as book painting and ceramics - Illuminates the interface of modern politics and Islamic art Robert Hillenbrand is Professor Emeritus of Islamic Art the University of Edinburgh and Professorial Fellow in the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews.

Studies in the Islamic Arts of the Book

Author : Robert Hillenbrand
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The studies collected in this volume, some of them rather difficult to access, date mostly from the last fifteen years and focus primarily on Persian book painting of the 14th to the early 16th centuries. In this period, Iran dominated the art of book painting in the Islamic world. The articles reprinted here examine various aspects of this, the golden age of Persian painting. They range from the period of Mongol rule, when the impact of Far Eastern themes and modes radically transformed the heritage bequeathed to Iran by Arab painting - a textbook case of the clash of civilisations - to the dawn of the modern era and the swansong of the classical style of Persian painting under the early Safavids. Yet other articles focus on the roots of book painting in the themes and styles developed in painted ceramics, on medieval Qur'anic calligraphy, on bookbinding and on the remarkably original variations played on the hitherto hackneyed theme of the figural frontispiece by Arab painters. Two major leitmotifs are explored in this selection of essays. One is provided by the constantly varying interpretations of the Shahnama ( The Book of Kings ), the Persian national epic, and especially the tendency of painters to interpret this familiar text in terms of contemporary politics. The other is the interplay of text and image, which highlights the tendency of painters to strike out on their own and to leave the literal text progressively further behind while they develop plots and sub-plots of their own. These enquiries are set within the context of a concerted effort to explore in detail how Persian painters achieved their most spectacular visual effects. In its combination of general surveys and closely focused analyses of individual manuscripts, this collection of articles will be of interest to specialists in book painting and in Islamic art as a whole

The Theory of Islamic Art

Author : Idham Mohammed Hanash
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Divine oneness as the principle of beauty is perhaps quintessentially Islamic artistic expression and experience and what it celebrates. Why has Islamic art evolved as it has, what forms does it take, what is the logic underlying it? What message is the Muslim artist attempting to convey, what emotion is he seeking to evoke? This work views Islamic art as a subject of archeological study and treats its evolution as part of the historical study of art in the broader sense. At the same time, it paves the way for an epistemological shift from viewing Islamic art as a material concept having to do with beautiful rarities and relics that have grown out of Islamic cultural and artistic creativity, to a theoretical concept associated with a vision, a principle, a theory and a method. This theo-retical concept provides the intellectual and cultural foundation for a critical philosophical science of Islamic artistic beauty to which we might refer as ‘the science of Islamic art,’ or ‘the Islamic aesthetic’ that evaluates visual artistic creations in terms of both beauty and practical usefulness. In the process the study also explores orientalist misconceptions, challenging some of the premises with which it has approached Islamic art, with judgement rooted in a cultural framework alien to the spiritual perspective of Islam.

Studies in Islamic Art

Author : Ralph H. Pinder-Wilson
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This volume brings together twenty-four of Ralph Pinder-Wilson's studies on Islamic art, published over thirty years. These deal mainly with the decorative arts - lustre pottery, bronze, jade and glass - a field in which the author is an eminent authority. The objects covered range from early Islamic glass and lustre ware to the ivories produced in Norman Sicily and later Persian bronzes. The art of Mughal India and Afghanistan is also covered, in a number of important studies on manuscripts produced for Persian and Mughal rulers from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. Two major papers reprinted here range outside the usual field of the art historian. The first, a study of the Malcolm celestial globe, explores the history and iconography of Islamic depictions of the constellations; the second, a study of the Persian garden from the Achaemenid to the Qajar period, explores the textual evidence, and discusses the influence of this type of garden on the visual arts. Preface The Illuminations in the Cairo Moshe b.-Asher Codex of the Prophets A Persian Translation of the Mahabharata: a Note on the Miniatures Persian Painting of the Fifteenth Century An illustrated Mughal Manuscript from Ahmadabad Three illustrated Manuscripts of the Mughal Period Tughras of Suleyman the Magnificent The Minaret of Mas'ud III at Ghazni Le Mihrab decore de Darra-i-Shakh A Persian jade Cup An inscribed jade Cup from Samarqand: Glass in China during the T'ang Period Cut glass Vessels from Mesopotamia Two drinking Flasks from Asia An early Fatimid Bowl decorated in Lustre A lustre relief Dish of the early Islamic Period An ivory Casket from Norman Sicily The Reliquary of St. Petroc and the Ivories of Norman Sicily A silver Ladle and Amulet Case An Islamic Ewer in Sasanian Style Two Persian bronze Buckets A Persian bronze Mortar of the Mongol Period The Persian Garden: Bagh and Chahar Bagh The Malcolm Celestial Globe Additional Notes Index.

The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture

Author : Jonathan Bloom
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Oxford University Press is proud to present the most up-to-date and comprehensive encyclopedia in this field. In three illustrated volumes with more than 1,500 entries, the Encyclopedia deals with all aspects of this important area of study, ranging from the Middle East to Central Asia to Southeast Asia and Africa as well as Europe and North America. The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture covers all subject areas including: artists, ruler, writers, architecture, ceramics, sculpture, painting, calligraphy, coins, textiles, and much more. The Encyclopedia offers fully-updated articles and bibliographies that draw upon the expansive scholarship of The Dictionary of Art, as well as more than 500 plans, maps, diagrams, illustrations, and color plates. This exciting reference work is accessible to scholars, students, and general readers, making it a reliable and essential resource covering this topic of burgeoning importance in world history and the visual arts.

Studies in Islamic Art and Architecture

Author : American University at Cairo. Center for Arabic Studies
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Islamic Arts A i

Author : Formerly Professor of Islamic Art Jonathan Bloom
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Traces the development of Islamic art during three broad periods, and show how they reflect various aspects of Islamic culture

The L A Mayer Memorial Studies in Islamic Art and Archeology

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Islamic Art and Architecture 650 1250

Author : Richard Ettinghausen
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This richly illustrated book provides an unsurpassed overview of Islamic art and architecture from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries, a time of the formation of a new artistic culture and its first, medieval, flowering in the vast area from the Atlantic to India. Inspired by Ettinghausen and Grabar’s original text, this book has been completely rewritten and updated to take into account recent information and methodological advances. The volume focuses special attention on the development of numerous regional centers of art in Spain, North Africa, Egypt, Syria, Anatolia, Iraq, and Yemen, as well as the western and northeastern provinces of Iran. It traces the cultural and artistic evolution of such centers in the seminal early Islamic period and examines the wealth of different ways of creating a beautiful environment. The book approaches the arts with new classifications of architecture and architectural decoration, the art of the object, and the art of the book. With many new illustrations, often in color, this volume broadens the picture of Islamic artistic production and discusses objects in a wide range of media, including textiles, ceramics, metal, and wood. The book incorporates extensive accounts of the cultural contexts of the arts and defines the originality of each period. A final chapter explores the impact of Islamic art on the creativity of non-Muslims within the Islamic realm and in areas surrounding the Muslim world.

Studies in Medieval Islamic Architecture

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This is the first of two volumes to consider in detail the architecture of Islam, from Spain to India, from the 7th century to the present day. Hillenbrand's particular interests are Iranian buildings from the Saljuq period (11th to 12th centuries) and the Umayyad monuments in the Levant (660-750 AD). This volume considers the architecure of Cordoba, Syria, Pakistan and Britain and America and includes Islamic and Oriental art, The second volume, predominantly concerned with Iran, is also available. Volume I Contents: Preface The Legacy of the Dome of the Rock The Ornament of the World - Cordoba A Pair of Medieval Tomb Towers in Van La dolce vita in Early Islamic Syria: the Evidence of Later Umayyad Palaces Islamic Art at the Crossroads: East and West at Mshatta Some Observations on the Use of Space in Medieval Islamic Buildings Eastern Islamic Influneces in Syria: Raqqa and Qal'at Ja'bar in the Later Twelfth Century Islamic Art, Architecture and Archaeology The Classical Heritage in Islamic Art: the Case of Medieval Architecture The Use of Spatial Devices in the Great Mosque of Cordoba Islamic Art and Architecture Political Symbolism in Early Indo-Muslim Mosque Architecture: the Case of Ajmir Qur'anic Epigraphy in Medieval Islamic Architecture Cresswell and Contemporary Central European Scholarship Turco-Iranian Elements in the Medieval Architecture of Pakistan - the Case of the Tomb of Rukn-i 'Alam at Multan Mamluk Caravansarais in Galilee The Dervish Lodge. Architecture, Art and Sufism in Ottoman Turkey Reflections on O. Aslanapa's Turkish Art and Architecture Traditional Architecture in the Arabian Peninsula Musalla Qasr Kharana re-examined Occidental Oriental: Islamic Influences in the Art of Britain and America Splendour and Austerity. Islamic Architectural Ornament. The Monument Reviews of M. Meinecke, Die Madrasa des Amir Mitqal C. Ewert and J.-P. Wisshak, Forschungen zur almohadischen Moschee. I. Vorstafen E. C. Dodd and S. Khairallah, The Image of the World.

Colour Light and Wonder in Islamic Art

Author : Idries Trevathan
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A unique investigation into the aesthetics of colour in Islamic art revealing its deeper symbolic and mystical meanings. The experience of colour in Islamic visual culture has historically been overlooked. In this new approach, Idries Trevathan examines the language of colour in Islamic art and architecture in dialogue with its aesthetic contexts, offering insights into the pre-modern Muslim experience of interpreting colour. The seventeenth-century Shah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran, represents one of the finest examples of colour-use on a grand scale. Here, Trevathan examines the philosophical and mystical traditions that formed the mosque’s backdrop. He shows how careful combinations of colour and design proportions in Islamic patterns expresses knowledge beyond that experienced in the corporeal world, offering another language with which to know and experience God. Colour thus becomes a spiritual language, calling for a re-consideration of how we read Islamic aesthetics.

Islamic Art and Visual Culture

Author : D. Fairchild Ruggles
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Islamic Art and Architecture is a collection of primary sources in translation that serve as evidence for visual and cultural history. Collects essential translations from sources as diverse as the Qur'an, court chronicles, technical treatises on calligraphy and painting, imperial memoirs, and foreign travel accounts Includes clear and concise introductory essays Situates each text and explains the circumstances in which it was written--the date, place, author, and political conditions Provides a vivid window into Islamic...

Islamic Art and Spirituality

Author : Seyyed Hossein Nasr
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With remarkable breadth of vision, Seyyed Hossein Nasr reveals for both Western and Muslim readers how each art form in the islamic tradition is based upon a science of nature concerned, not with the outer appearance of things, but with their inner reality. Ranging across calligraphy, painting, architecture, literature, music, and the plastic arts, Nasr penetrates to the inner dimension of Islam and shows the role art plays in the life of individual Muslims and the community as a whole—the role of inspiring the remembrance and contemplation of God. Once the author establishes art as an aid and support to the spiritual life, he traces the creative act to its ultimate source: inner knowledge and barakah, or grace, which make the crystallization of inner realities in form and space and time possible. Through this knowledge and grace, the author asserts, unity manifests upon the plane of multiplicity, making archetypal realities perceivable by the senses. Through this knowledge and grace, art functions as a ladder for the journey of the soul from the visible to the invisible. How Islamic art leads man to the inner chamber of divine revelation forms the substance of much of this important work. An especially close look is given to the Sufi tradition within Islam, for its mystical teachers have often clearly demonstrated in their works the spiritual significance of beauty and served as the source of inspiration for art. By rediscovering the root of art in the Islamic tradition, Seyyed Hossein Nasr opens doors to new dimensions of unity which have seemingly been obscured in recent Western art. In so doing, he extends the significance of this book beyond the Islamic belief system to touch the hearts and creative impulses of readers from all traditions.