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  The Islamic art collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA
Islamic art is perhaps the most accessible manifestation of a complex civilization that often seems enigmatic to outsiders.
Royal patronage of secular art was also a standard feature of Islamic sovereignty, one that enabled the ruler to demonstrate the splendor of his court and, by extension, the superiority of his state.
Of course, not all works of Islamic art were sponsored by the court; in fact, the majority of objects and manuscripts in museum collections originated elsewhere.
www.lacma.org /islamic_art/intro.htm   (1717 words)

 "The Word" on Islamic Art - Art History
Islamic art is art created specifically in the context of the Muslim religion as well as secular art created in lands under Islamic rule or influence.
Another characteristic of Islamic art is the presence of complex geometric patterns or plant patterns (such as the arabesque).
The exaltation of the calligrapher is not surprising given the importance of calligraphy in Islamic art.
www.bellaonline.com /articles/art30068.asp   (552 words)

 Islamic Art ; Design by Tha DeMana
Indeed, art is indicative of the “Muslim view of the spiritual realm, universe (…) and the relationship of the parts to the whole”.
Islamic art is characterized by primary forms: arabesque, calligraphy, geometric and floral patterns which are often interwoven.
Concerning the Islamic world, according to oral tradition in the early history of Islam (8th century), figural representations were allowed as long as they did not represent icons, thereby capable of encouraging idol-worship.
gala.univ-perp.fr /~dgirard/Exposes/islamicart/islamicart.htm   (1303 words)

 Islamic art   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Calligraphy is, therefore, regarded as the highest of all arts, and the Arabic letters and forms soon became central to decoration on ceramics, textiles, metalwork, and architecture.
Islamic textiles, notably those of the Fatimid period, include silk brocades, weavings, and carpets of an unprecedented fineness and beauty produced for use as floor coverings and wall hangings.
Representational examples of Islamic art often illustrate battles or animal hunts, and were used to decorate the private apartments of the nobility.
www.tiscali.co.uk /reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/m0018814.html   (979 words)

Examples of religious art range from beautifully calligraphied manuscripts of the Koran to intricately carved and inlaid pulpits or minbars, from which the Friday sermon is given in the mosque.
Islamic secular art, on the other hand, might or might not have representations of living beings, depending on the local cultural traditions and the preferences of the artist and patron.
Islamic art must therefore be considered in its entirety because each building and each object embodies to some extent identical principles.
www.islamic-study.org /art.htm   (1976 words)

 ArtLex on Islam and Islamic Art
They have regarded the arts primarily as the decorative arts, based greatly upon the study of mathematics, and involving intricately geometric designs.
Islamic houses of worship are known in the west as mosques.
Taj Mahal, 1630-1653, an Islamic tomb in a walled garden built for Shah Jahan's wife Mumatz Mahal [aka Arjuman Banu Begum], of bearing masonry and inlaid marble, with onion-shape domes and flanking towers, in Agra, India, seat of the Mughal Empire.
www.artlex.com /ArtLex/ij/islamic.html   (1578 words)

 Islamic Art
The origin of Islamic art has often tried to be explained through tracing it back to some precedent in Byzantine, Sassanid, Coptic or other art, yet what is lost sight of, is the intrinsic and original unity of Islamic art and thus the 'seal' that Islam conferred on all borrowed elements.
Islamic art does not add something alien to the objects that it shapes; it merely brings out their essential qualities.
An important lesson that Islamic art provides is in challenging the notion that works of art from earlier centuries need to be studied as historical 'phenomena', which belong to the past and have very little to do with the future.
www.salaam.co.uk /themeofthemonth/march02_index.php   (649 words)

 Iransaga - Introduction to Islamic Art   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Islamic art (paintings, metalwork etc.) was heavily influenced by Sassanian methods and Persian vaulting techniques were adopted in Islamic architecture.
The main change that this period brought to the development of art was to restrict the depiction of lifelike portraits, or true-life representations of historical events.
Calligraphy is the highest art form of the Islamic civilization, and like all forms of art that came into contact with Iran, the Persians enhanced and developed it.
www.art-arena.com /islamic.htm   (691 words)

 Islamic Art, Music, And Architecture Around The World
Islamic Art By Elisabeth Siddiqui, this essay discusses the relationship of Islamic art to the principles of Islam, a relationship that exists largely for Muslim and spiritually interested viewers of Islamic art.
Islamic Architecture of Isfahan This is an award winning virtual tour of Isfahan, which was the capital of Iran during the Safavid dynasty.
Islamic Architecture from the Middle East These images are largely from the Ibn Tulun and Sultan Hasan mosques in Cairo and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem (al-Quds).
www.uga.edu /islam/IslArt.html   (2955 words)

 Islamic Art
Islamic art was not, in fact, Islamic in the sense that Buddhist art is Buddhist or Christian art is Christian.
Islamic culture shared with others that proceeded it a desire to glorify rulers and to celebrate life, and it drew freely upon models, including animate creatures, from non-Islamic cultures, adapting what it took, of course, to its own particular aesthetic.
Nevertheless, the hallmark of Islamic art was the inventive and finely crafted character of decorative patterns, geometric or floral, eminently adaptable to a variety of surfaces from the tiny to the monumental.
www.pitt.edu /~jww23   (1372 words)

 Islamic Art - Islamic Art of Calligraphy and Arabesque
Islamic Art - Islamic Art of Calligraphy and Arabesque
The Arabesque, one of aspects of Islamic art, usually found decorating the walls of mosques, is an elaborate application of repeating geometric forms that often echo the forms of plants and animals.
IAAO is a non-profit organization dedicated to promote the awareness of Islamic arts and architecture as a humanistic study, recognizing the inter-relationship between the arts and other academic disciplines.
www.huntfor.com /arthistory/medieval/islamic.htm   (1276 words)

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Geometric motifs were popular with Islamic artists and designers in all parts of the world, for decorating almost every surface, whether walls or floors, pots or lamps, book covers or textiles.
He sees in figurative art, a fundamental error or illusion in projecting the nature of the absolute into the relative, by attributing to the relative an autonomy that does not belong to it.
Thus, the circle, and its centre, are the point at which all Islamic patterns begin and is an apt symbol of a religion that emphasizes one God, symbolising also, the role of Mecca, the center of Islam, toward which all Moslems face in prayer.
www.salaam.co.uk /themeofthemonth/march02_index.php?l=3   (1118 words)

 Islamica Magazine - What is Islamic Art?
It seems that the term Islamic art is going to remain in circulation, despite disapproval from a writer as respected as Souren Melikian-Chirvani of the International Herald Tribune.
The concept of art being Islamic is as new in Western terms as it is among Muslims.
Islamic art as it exists now is considerably less public than it was before it was considered to be “art”.
www.islamicamagazine.com /content/view/81/61   (3018 words)

 Islamic Art
Obviously, the Prince is an aesthete and connoisseur of art.
It is Persia that contributed to the renaissance of Islamic art, and indeed, Persia is crucial to any discussion of Muslim cultural heritage.
A wider selection entitled "Arts of the Islamic Book," an exhibition curated by Anthony Welch and Stuart Cary Welch (the two scholars are unrelated) originated at the Asia Society in Manhattan in the autumn of 1982.
www.ismaili.net /sadruddin/islamic.html   (3500 words)

 Islamic Art
Islamic art is the art of a civilization based on the Islamic religion.
Islamic art was in its prime between the years 800 through 1700.
Calligraphy is the most prominant form of Islamic art not only because images are frowned on in the Islamic world, but because the other art forms; ceramics, glass, metalworks each draw on calligraphy as their major source of embellishment.
www.sfusd.k12.ca.us /schwww/sch618/islam/b04/Islam_Arabic_Calligraphy.html   (830 words)

 Islamic Art Collections
The term “Islamic art” encompasses the entire realm of artistic production in those lands where, from the 7th century onward, the Muslim religion took hold.
Islamic achievements in all artistic media are represented at the Walters.
The arts of the pen, including calligraphy and miniatures, are represented at the Walters by a stunning array of Islamic manuscripts.
www.thewalters.org /works_of_art/islamic_art_museum.aspx   (121 words)

One final characteristic of Islamic art, which is by no means unique to the style, but nonetheless notable, is the typical use of a very formal balance.
Islamic artists are not trying to reveal their own personality or to create art which tells a story of its own.
This brief description of Islamic art is indebted to the extensive writings and research of David Talbot Rice, Desmond Stewart, and Ralph Pinder Wilson.
www.youngartists.com /islamic.htm   (1165 words)

 Islamic Art
Art is the mirror of a culture and its world view.
While Western-style art forms and machine work have to an extent eroded the traditional forms, nonetheless, handwork is respected and loved, an important aspect of the decoration of mosques and Muslim homes.
Today, the finest arts, including rugs, are to be found in Turkey, Iran, Syria, Pakistan, India, Egypt and Morocco, where the legacy of Islamic arts remains alive and strong.
www.colostate.edu /Orgs/MSA/find_more/islart.html   (930 words)

 Islamic Art
The marks of Islamic art in Southeast Asia are subtly embedded in expressions of an artistic heritage that preceded waves of foreign influences from the Asian mainland and beyond.
In Madagascar, for instance, the art of textile weaving is more akin to the craft of women in the Indonesian archipelago than to techniques used by women on the African mainland.
Titus Burckhardt, a scholar of Islam and the sacred arts who was once adviser to the Unesco on the preservation of the Islamic city of Fez, says: “Art to the Muslim is a ‘proof of the Divine existence’ only to the extent that it is beautiful, without showing the marks of subjective, individualistic inspiration.
kyotoreview.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp /issue/issue4/article_340.html   (1444 words)

 Islamic Art & Architecture   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Islamic Art and Architecture (The World Of Art) Covering one thousand years of history and an area stretching from the Atlantic to the borders of India and China, Robert Hillenbrand incorporates all the latest discoveries and interpretations in this authoritative guide to the arts of Islam.
Art historian Henri Stierlin explores a dazzling 1,000-year-old decorative tradition in Islamic Art and Architecture: From Isfahan to the Taj Mahal.
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.
www.islamicarchitecture.org /shop/islamic-architecture-books-us.html   (1464 words)

 Pattern Lesson 5 Art Part
Core themes in Islamic culture are: monotheism (no other deity except the one God); Mohammad as the last messenger of God in the teachings of the Qu'ran; salat (prayer); al-twahid (unity in multiplicity); mosques; aniconism (no representation of human or animal forms); geometric art which constructs, squares, hexagons, octogons, etc. from the circle.
Islamic belief in Aniconism and the doctrine of unity (al-twahid) demanded a rich vocabulary of abstract, geometric forms that translated into the architecture of mosques.
Islamic art was "born almost over night, about a century after the Prophet's death, [and]...displayed a completely convincing unity of form that would maintain itself over the centuries Islamic Art." [note 6]
www.dartmouth.edu /~matc/math5.pattern/lesson5art.html   (2041 words)

 The Many Splendors of Islamic Art: Part I
It would also be difficult to compare Islamic Art to the subjects of study which are based more on a specific style, since the makers of Islamic Art were probably never consciously thinking of their works as part of a style such as 'Islamic Art'.
Islamic Art then is much more loosely defined and complex than most subjects and even as a subject, according to Robert Irwin in Islamic Art in Context, "The Study of Islamic art in the West is still in its infancy" * especially in contrast to the European Arts.
Although in Western Art more focus and time is given to categories such as painting and sculpture this is not the case in Islamic Art.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/arabic_islamic_architecture/46871   (411 words)

 Featured on the Web: Understanding Islamic Art and its Influence
Getty curator Catherine Hess explains (in a video clip) how the exhibit was born from the realization that Islamic art forms and the technology used for their development were "entirely responsible" for the development of glass and luster painted ceramics in Renaissance Italy.
Moreover, not all of the patrons were Muslim and the revelation of this show is that Islamic art of this period reflected a sophisticated secular culture as well as deeply religious art.
Although the galleries of Islamic art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are closed for remodeling, the indispensable Timeline of Art History
www.artcyclopedia.com /featuredarticle-200409.html   (943 words)

 Detroit Institute of Arts : Permanent Collection - Ancient Art - Islamic Art
From the 11th century until the coming of the Mongols in the early 13th, the Seljuks ushered in a period of relative peace in which all the arts flourished under their patronage.
The Seljuk period is one of the most creatively exciting in the history of Islamic art.
The art of Islam reflects its rulers' taste for luxurious adornment and furnishings, symbols of their power and position.
www.dia.org /collections/ancient/islamicart/islamicart.html   (618 words)

 Islamic Art
Islamic Art; Islam views the depiction of living beings, particularly people, as a potentially blasphemous attempt to rival the creative powers of God and such pictures are rigorously excluded from most religious settings.
The beauty of Islamic patterns can be approached not only in terms of art and mathematics, but also within the contexts of Islamic art and spirituality.
Islamic art therefore must be considered in its entirety because each building and each object embodies to some extent identical principles.
islamicarchitecture.org /art   (1002 words)

 Arab and Islamic art
This illustrated introduction links history with artistic developments and covers the early Islamic, early medieval, late medieval and later Islamic periods.
It is based around the extensive collection of works at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ranging in date from the seventh to the 19th century and geographically from southern Spain to Central Asia.
Elisabeth Siddiqui discusses the relationship between Islamic art and the principles of Islam.
www.al-bab.com /arab/visual/art.htm   (436 words)

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