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The delicate splendour and fairytale beauty of Islamic art -

The delicate splendour and fairytale beauty of Islamic art

Islamic Art

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The art which arose from the 7th century in the Islamic empires reached from Spain and Morocco to the borders of China. It bore the stamp above all of Arabs, Persians and Turks, but outstanding contributions also came from Egypt and India. "Islamic Art" presents prominent examples: luxury ceramics, prayer mats, goldsmithery, as well as witnesses to the decorative arts and calligraphy – and above all the masterpieces of the splendidly colourful courtly book illumination of Persia and the Mughal emperors of India. The book examines the contributions of the different countries and how they influenced each other, and in this way vividly illustrates the unfolding of the delicate splendour and fairytale beauty of Islamic art from its beginnings into the modern era.

About the series

Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Genre series features:

  • approximately 100 color illustrations with explanatory captions
  • a detailed, illustrated introduction plus a timeline of the most important political, cultural, and social events that took place during that period
  • a selection of the most important works of the epoch, each presented on a two-page spread with a full-page image and accompanying interpretation, as well as a portrait and brief biography of the artist

  • "Hagedorn and Wolf are German scholars specializing in art history and criticism. They aim to illustrate the beauty and diversity of Islamic art through the centuries and across the vast geography of the Islamic world. This is a daunting task, but they succeed by offering representative masterpieces in painting, calligraphy, ceramics, tapestry and carpets from some of the world's great museums and collections, such as The British Library in London and Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul ... Hagedorn and Wolf open the door to one of the most beautiful aspects of Islamic civilization."

    — Saudi Gazette, Saudi Arabia