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Islamic Art: In Detail (Art in Detail)

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How do we know Islamic art? What tells us that images and artifacts are products of the Muslim world, a culture that has historically extended from Spain to Southeast Asia and spanned a period from A.D. 622 to our day? This exquisitely and extensively illustrated book allows readers to identify those elements and themes that define art forms as Islamic, and to examine them in works of painting and metalwork, in calligraphy and manuscripts, ceramics, glass, wood, and ivory comprising one of the most imposing collections of arts from across the Muslim world.

Arranged thematically--in chapters focusing on religion and belief, the supernatural and natural worlds, feasting, the hunt, war, music, and power--Islamic Art in Detail provides a much-needed cultural context for these widely varied works while pointing out exceptional features. In its exploration of selected works, the book juxtaposes images of each object with enlarged details--details that might otherwise be virtually invisible to the naked eye--affording surprising comparisons between seemingly unrelated pieces and offering a rare multifaceted view of the art, technique, and iconography of some of the Islamic world's most beautiful images and artifacts.

Synopsis:

This richly illustrated book allows readers to identify the elements and themes of Islamic art forms, and to examine them in works of painting and metalwork, in calligraphy and manuscripts, ceramics, glass, wood, and ivory.

About the Author

Sheila R. Canby is Assistant Keeper with senior responsibility for the Islamic collections in the British Museum. She is the author of Persian Painting, Princes, Poets and Paladins and The Golden Age of Persian Art 1501-1722 and coauthor of Persian Love Poetry.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674023901
Author:
Canby, Sheila R.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Middle Eastern
Subject:
Themes, motives
Subject:
Art, islamic
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Art, Islamic -- Themes, motives.
Subject:
Art - General
Copyright:
Series:
Art in Detail
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 color illustrations
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8 x 8 in

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"Synopsis" by , This richly illustrated book allows readers to identify the elements and themes of Islamic art forms, and to examine them in works of painting and metalwork, in calligraphy and manuscripts, ceramics, glass, wood, and ivory.
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