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Art of Islam

Author: Gaston Migeon; Henri Saladin
Publisher: New York : Parkstone International, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Islamic art is not the art of a nation or of a people, but that of a religion - Islam. Spreading from the Arabian Peninsula, the proselyte believers conquered, in a few centuries, a territory spreading from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean. Multicultural and multi-ethnical, this polymorphic and highly spiritual art, in which all representation of Man and God were prohibited, developed canons and various motives of  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Migeon, Gaston, 1861-1930.
Art of Islam.
New York : Parkstone International, ©2009
(OCoLC)653388971
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gaston Migeon; Henri Saladin
ISBN: 9781844846580 184484658X
OCLC Number: 263978732
Notes: Text originally published in French in 1907.
Description: 255 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 33 cm
Contents: Architecture. The Near and Middle East --
North Africa and Spain --
Iran and the Persian school --
The Ottoman school --
Muslim India --
Fine arts. Sculpture --
Metal arts --
Metalwork and rock crystals --
Mosaics --
Manufactured products. Ceramics --
Enamelled glass --
Textiles --
Carpets --
The art of the book. Arab manuscripts --
Egyptian Korans --
Persian manuscripts --
Indo-Persian miniatures --
Turkish manuscripts.
Responsibility: Gaston Migeon and Henri Saladin.

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"Islamic art is not the art of a nation or of a people, but that of a religion - Islam. Spreading from the Arabian Peninsula, the proselyte believers conquered, in a few centuries, a territory spreading from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean. Multicultural and multi-ethnical, this polymorphic and highly spiritual art, in which all representation of Man and God were prohibited, developed canons and various motives of great decorative value. Thorough and inventive, these artists expressed their beliefs by creating monumental masterpieces such as the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the Taj Mahal in Agra and the Alhambra in Granada, architectural works in which one recognises the stylisation of motives of the Muslim ceramics. Lively and coloured, Islamic art mirrors the richness of these people whose common denominator was the belief in one singular truth - the absolute necessity of creating works whose beauty equaled their respect for God."--Publisher description.

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