Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Middle East

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The arts of Islam, a great and ancient culture, are presented here in all their astonishing richness and diversity. From the Middle East came the earliest astrological clocks, the finest ceramics and lusterware, the development of calligraphy and Arabic scripts, and the intricate craft of carpet-weaving, among many other profoundly significant cultural developments. This cradle of empires was also a vibrant commercial center, exporting raw materials, skills, and techniques to surrounding lands and spreading its ...
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The arts of Islam, a great and ancient culture, are presented here in all their astonishing richness and diversity. From the Middle East came the earliest astrological clocks, the finest ceramics and lusterware, the development of calligraphy and Arabic scripts, and the intricate craft of carpet-weaving, among many other profoundly significant cultural developments. This cradle of empires was also a vibrant commercial center, exporting raw materials, skills, and techniques to surrounding lands and spreading its web of influence from southern Spain to northern India.

This beautifully illustrated book provides a fascinating introduction to Islamic art and culture, drawing from the world-famous collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum. It accompanies an exhibition touring to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.

Author Bio: Tim Stanley, a curator in the Asian department at the V&A, has written extensively on Islamic art and culture.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780810965621
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : a sense of geography 7
Prayer, time and space 14
Ch. 1 What is Islamic art? 17
The Sasanian inheritance 20
The art of the Qur'an 26
Textiles and burial 32
The non-Muslim presence 38
The Isfahan cope 40
Ch. 2 The issue of images 43
A Safavid clock dial 46
The Chelsea carpet 54
An Ottoman tradition in Calligraphy 60
Khusraw and Shirin 66
The Ardabil carpet 74
Ch. 3 The poetic environment 77
Ivories from Spain 80
Hoards 88
Ch. 4 Patrons and markers 91
A rock-crystal ewer 94
The minbar of Sultan Qa'itbay 100
The luck of Edenhall 108
Ch. 5 Interaction 111
Caskets and hunting horns 114
A bowl from Malaga 120
Silver and brass 126
Armistice day, 1918 132
Epilogue : Islamic art in South Kensington 134
Robert Murdoch Smith 136
App The dynasties 138
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2005

    An Opportunity to View the Art of Islam

    Tim Stanley is one of the world's authorities on Islamic art and his depth of knowledge enhances this visually stunning book. Created as a catalogue to accompany a traveling exhibition by the same name that visited the United States in 2004, the myriad works included in this fascinating volume are from the Victoria and Albert Museum, perhaps the finest collection of artifacts and art from the Middle East. Though many readers will be familiar with the mosques and minarets decorated with the complex geometric designs that have graced art and culture books for years, of greater interest are the 'unknown aspects' of Islamic art. Here are reproduction photographs of astrological clocks, objects of art in ceramics and lusterware, wondrous carpets and the variations of the patterns and designs so important to art history, as well as pages of calligraphy and Arabic scripts. In a time when controversy shrouds appreciation of Islamic culture, this book becomes even more important in broadening our knowledge and appreciation of a culture and world of art too little known to us. Recommended. Grady Harp

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