The Living Stones of Cairo

The Living Stones of Cairo

by Agnieszka Dobrowolska
     
 

Endlessly fascinating to generations of artists, Cairo continually reveals new perspectives to the viewer. The Living Stones of Cairo presents a series of pen and ink sketches of historic (mostly medieval) Cairene architecture, made by a single author over a period of fifteen years. They are an attempt to capture the powerful appeal of the medieval city still present…  See more details below

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Endlessly fascinating to generations of artists, Cairo continually reveals new perspectives to the viewer. The Living Stones of Cairo presents a series of pen and ink sketches of historic (mostly medieval) Cairene architecture, made by a single author over a period of fifteen years. They are an attempt to capture the powerful appeal of the medieval city still present within the modern metropolis. Freezing time in the momentary impressions of the modern observer, the sketches also depict the aspects of the city that have seemingly escaped the passage of time.

The extended captions present the monuments as part of a larger cultural, social, and historical continuum, putting the buildings in human perspective. In Cairo, the reflection of human drama in architecture is particularly apparent; the texts highlight this drama through character sketches of the rivalries, family relations, intrigues, and alliances among the patrons and builders of the medieval city.

Cross-references to other sketches in the book draw the captions together into a narrative that reflects the intricate relationships between the buildings, their founders, and their neighborhoods. This book will enhance the enjoyment of involved travelers who strive to make the encounter with another culture more meaningful and shift their perspective from the 'exotic' to the familiar.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789774246326
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Pages:
105
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 11.05(h) x 0.47(d)

Meet the Author

Agnieszka Dobrowolska is a conservation architect who has worked on many archaeological and conservation sites in Egypt, and directed a number of architectural conservation projects in Historic Cairo for the American Research Center in Egypt. She is the author of Muhammad Ali Pasha and His Sabil (AUC Press 2004).

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