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Islamic Art – “Mirror of the Invisible World”

January 3, 2018 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday

A New Series – Islamic Art

Islamic Art is a vast as the areas where it originated. This post is the first in an occasional series in 2018. The series will explore a number of aspects of Islamic Art including architecture, calligraphy, painting,  glass, pottery, textiles, and, of course,  Islamic architecture. This first post is an introduction to Islamic Art.

What is Islamic Art?

“Islamic art has been produced over 14 centuries from the shores of the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, from the steppes of Central Asia to the savannas of Africa, in lands where people spoke a myriad of languages but shared a common belief in the tenets of Islam and a common—if sometimes limited—knowledge of Arabic, the language of the Qur’an. The resources available to the artists, and the pre-existing cultural traditions, all differed so widely from one part of this vast region to another that no single style or technique or medium prevailed.” (islamic-arts.org)

An introduction:  The Film, “Islamic Art: Mirror of an Invisible World”

The trailer for the film “Islamic Art: Mirror of an Invisible World” is the video above.  “The film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history. It explores themes such as the Word, Space, Ornament, Color and Water and presents the stories behind many great masterworks of Islamic Art and Architecture.”

“The film explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings and metal work. It revels in the use of color and finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East. The film also examines the unique ways in which Islamic art turns calligraphy and the written word into masterpieces and develops water into an expressive, useful art form.” (islamic-arts.org)

Some Examples of Islamic Art:

Islamic Art Antique Malyer Persian Carpet (Detail)

Antique Malyer Persian Carpet (Detail)
Islamic Art Alahambra (Detail)Alhambra (Detail) Photo: By Yves Remedios – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1615130

Islamic Art Khamseh_Nizami

 Scene from the  Khamsa of Nizami, Persian, 1539–43

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