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Islamic Art and Architecture: From Isfahan to the Taj Mahal
     

Islamic Art and Architecture: From Isfahan to the Taj Mahal

by Henri Stierlin, Anne Stierlin (Photographer), Henri Stierlin (Photographer), Anne Stierlin
 
Turquoise and marble cupolas, arches adorned with flowers and arabesques, motionless basins reflecting slender minarets, sparkling enamels of floral bouquets, miniatures populated by lovers stretched out in the shade—all these form part of the luxury decoration, refinement, and high spirituality that we define as "Persian style."

This subtle art is revealed in

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Turquoise and marble cupolas, arches adorned with flowers and arabesques, motionless basins reflecting slender minarets, sparkling enamels of floral bouquets, miniatures populated by lovers stretched out in the shade—all these form part of the luxury decoration, refinement, and high spirituality that we define as "Persian style."

This subtle art is revealed in magical locations such as Isfahan, rich in mosques and palaces; Bukhara and Samarkand with their shining domes; Lahore and the gardens of Shalimar; the Red Fort of Delhi, exalted as an earthly paradise; and the miraculous Taj Mahal of Agra. For a thousand years, from the frontiers of Iran to the heart of India, architects, landscape gardeners, calligraphers, miniaturists, and weavers have made their mark on Islamic art and architecture. This lavishly illustrated book examines the sources, analyzes the forms, and discusses the mystic themes and symbolism of the immense heritage handed down by Islamic artists and craftsmen. Over 500 color photographs and illustrations.

Author Biography: Henri Stierlin is an art historian whose many books include volumes on the Romanesque, Greece, Turkey, India, and various aspects of Islamic art and culture.

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Publishers Weekly
Art historian Henri Stierlin explores a dazzling 1,000-year-old decorative tradition in Islamic Art and Architecture: From Isfahan to the Taj Mahal. The gorgeous art book opens with several two-page full-color spreads of the mosque at Isfahan, Iran, noted for its brilliant tiles and elaborate domes. Stierlin argues that "Persian style" reigned in Islamic art from the 10th century to the late 18th and that its influence spread beyond Iran as far as India and Uzbekistan. The book boasts more than 500 color illustrations of mosques, palaces, tombs and minarets, as well as close-ups of details such as decorative stucco, calligraphy, arch designs and tile mosaics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500511008
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
867,561
Product dimensions:
10.34(w) x 14.42(h) x 1.04(d)

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