The Mediation of Ornament

The Mediation of Ornament

by Oleg Grabar


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In this richly illustrated book, Oleg Grabar shares a veteran art historian's love for the sheer sensuality of ornamentation. Grabar analyzes early and medieval Islamic objects and uses this art to show how ornament in general enables a direct, immediate encounter between viewers and art objects from any culture and time period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691001562
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 02/13/1995
Series: The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts , #40
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 309
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Oleg Grabar is Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and was for many years Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art at Harvard University. His many books include The Alhambra, The Formation of Islamic Art, and The Great Mosque of Isfahan.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Ch. IA Theory of Intermediaries in Art9
Ch. IIThe Intermediary of Writing47
Ch. IIIThe Intermediary of Geometry119
Ch. IVThe Intermediary of Architecture155
Ch. VThe Intermediary of Nature195
Conclusion: Some Implications226

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