The Arts of Fire: Islamic Influences on Glass and Ceramics of the Italian Renaissance

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Published to coincide with an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Arts of Fire demonstrates how many of the techniques of glass and ceramic production and ornamentation were first developed in the Islamic East between the eighth and twelfth centuries. Essays by volume editor Catherine Hess and by Linda Komaroff and George Saliba demonstrate early modern Europe's debt to the Islamic world and help us better understand the interrelationships of cultures over time. ...
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Published to coincide with an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Arts of Fire demonstrates how many of the techniques of glass and ceramic production and ornamentation were first developed in the Islamic East between the eighth and twelfth centuries. Essays by volume editor Catherine Hess and by Linda Komaroff and George Saliba demonstrate early modern Europe's debt to the Islamic world and help us better understand the interrelationships of cultures over time.
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Catherine Hess is associate curator of sculpture at the Getty Museum. George Saliba is professor of Arabic and Islamic science at Columbia University. Linda Komaroff is curator of Islamic art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Map of the Islamic world and southern Europe, ca. A.D. 700-1800
Brilliant achievements : the journey of Islamic glass and ceramics to Renaissance Italy 1
Color, precious metal, and fire : Islamic ceramics and glass 35
The world of Islam and Renaissance science and technology 55
Plates 76
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