Class: Kerrin Meis - The Art of Islam: From the Dome of the Rock to the Taj Mahal
Six Meetings: May 2, 9, 17, 23, 30 and June 6
The idea of Islamic Art as being aniconic is entirely mistaken. We shall examine many fascinating figurative paintings that tell intriguing stories. The heyday of Islamic civilization was the millennium from the 7th century to the 17th century when Central Asia and Persia were the pivots of transcontinental trade in luxury goods such as silk, paper, ceramics and spices. We’ll look at mosques, madrasas, caravanseries, and palaces as well as painting, book illustrations and textiles Recommended Reading: Islamic Art and Architecture, by Robert Hillenbrand (Thames and Hudson).
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