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Jerrilynn Denise Dodds; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.); Patronato de la Alhambra (Granada, Spain)
|ISBN:||0870996363 9780870996368 0870996371 9780870996375 0810964139 9780810964136|
|Note:||Catalog of an exhibition held at the Alhambra, Granada, March 18-June 7, 1992, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, July 1-September 27, 1992.|
|Riconoscimenti:||"The exhibition was organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife, under the joint patronage of the Junta de AndaluciÌa, the Ministerio de Cultura and the Ayuntamiento de Granada" - t.p. verso.|
|Descrizione:||xxx, 432 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 32 cm.|
|Contenuti:||Islamic Spain, the first four centuries : an introduction / Oleg Grabar --
The Great Mosque of Córdoba / Jerrilynn D. Dodds --
Madīnat al-Zahrā : the triumph of the Islamic state / Antonio Vallejo Triano --
Luxury arts of the Caliphal period / Renata Holod --
Arts of the Taifa kingdoms / Cynthia Robinson --
The fortification of al-Andalus / Juan Zozaya --
The Almoravids and Almohads : an introduction / Manuel Casamar Pérez --
The architectural heritage of Islamic Spain in North Africa / Christian Ewert --
The ceramics of al-Andalus / Guillermo Rosselló-Bordoy --
Almoravid and Almohad textiles / Cristina Partearroyo --
The arts of the book / Sabiha Khemir --
The Alhambra : an introduction / Darío Cabanelas Rodríguez --
The palaces of the Alhambra / James Dickie (Yaqub Zaki) --
The city plan of the Alhambra / Jesús Bermúdez López. The gardens of the Alhambra and the concept of the garden in Islamic Spain / D. Fairchild Ruggles --
The legacy of Islam in Spain / Juan Vernet.
|Responsabilità:||edited by Jerrilynn D. Dodds.|
From 711 to 1492 al-Andalus was the occidental frontier of Islam. Floating on the western edge of the Mediterranean, cut off from the European continent by jagged mountains, it was geographically isolated from both North Africa and Europe, from Islamic as well as Christian lands. Physical remoteness gave al-Andalus a privileged place in medieval myths but also separated it from the communities of the east and the west, so that it received only sporadic attention from both worlds. Although a small group of scholars pursued the serious study of the arts of Islamic Spain, these arts have for the most part been viewed as brilliant and exotic vestiges of a lost culture, as objects and monuments that left no mark on European tradition.
A goal of this book, the first publication in over forty years to study the art and architecture of al-Andalus in depth, is to reveal the value of these arts as part of an autonomous culture and also as a presence with deep significance for both Europe and the Islamic world. Toward this end, twenty-four international scholars have contributed a wide-ranging series of essays and catalogue entries in which the art, architecture, and cultural climate of al-Andalus are approached from a broad variety of perspectives. A significant achievement of this volume, in fact, is that it brings together American and European scholars, two groups that until now have worked largely in isolation from each other.
Most of the art and architecture that remains from Islamic Spain was produced for palatine settings and aristocratic patrons; representing, as these works do, almost eight centuries of history, they issue from diverse rules and traditions. The lavishly illustrated essays and catalogue entries present the full spectrum of the art of al-Andalus: intricately carved ivories, metalwork, and ceramics, luxurious textiles, jewelry, arms, marble capitals, stucco panels, and tiles, as well as major monuments of religious and secular architecture such as the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the palace city of Madinat al-Zahra', and the Alhambra.
The texts unfold chronologically to trace the brilliant architecture and courtly arts of the Umayyad caliphate, the refined and original accomplishments of the succeeding Taifa kingdoms, the more rigorous contributions of the Almoravids and Almohads who followed, and, finally, the opulent palaces and objects created for the Nasrids of Granada, the last Muslim dynasty in Spain. The essays are broad and synthetic in nature, creating cultural and artistic contexts for the objects that are discussed in detail in the 136 catalogue entries. Some authors interpret the relationship between patrons and works of art; others illuminate the architectural surroundings in which the objects existed as well as the meanings inherent in the pieces themselves. Still others trace developments within specific mediums, integrating recent technological and historical studies that view the function and meaning of crafts in their social and cultural contexts.
An entire section of essays is devoted to the Alhambra of Granada, the crowning architectural achievement of the Nasrids. Every entry is illustrated in color. Notes, literature, an extensive bibliography, a chronology, a glossary, architectural plans, maps showing the extent of al-Andalus at various stages in its history, and an index are provided.
. Thus, the volume addresses a general as well as a specialized audience and serves both as an introduction to the visual world of a nearly vanished culture and as a point of departure for future scholarly study.