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Detail of Zellij tilework, Musee de Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco, North Africa, Africa. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 3 Dec 2015.
"Detail of Zellij tilework, Musee de Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco, North Africa, Africa."
Islamic Art and Architecture
The art and architecture of Islam is greatly influenced by the dominant Muslim religion that inspires much of the culture. This site talks about the art and architecture of this region. There are links to more information, including the background of the art, going back to the death of the prophet Muhammad in A.D. 632, the details surrounding the architecture of the area, the decorative arts of the region and a bibliography of further resources.
Islamic Art - BBC
Vibrant and unique, Islamic art encompasses both religious works of art and those of Muslim culture. Common aesthetic features transcend time and space in a broad consistency, although regional differences and influences exist. The focus is less on the physical form and more on the essence of the subject. Decorative arts and calligraphy are important forms of Islamic art. Discover how geometry is viewed as spiritual in Islamic art. Geometric patterns, floral motifs, and stylized lettering are often seen.
Art - PBS
Explore the art, architecture, and literature of the Islamic Empire. Islamic religious art forbids images of God. It also does not tell religious stories in art. Islamic religious art usually include words from the Koran written in beautiful script with spiritual designs. Islamic secular art often incorporates geometric patterns with human or animal figures. Islamic art includes ceramics, carpets, and silks. Islamic architecture includes palaces, mosques, and schools. Although different structures and materials are used, one common element is the extravagant use of colored tiles. Islamic literature is historically in Arabic or Persian, and includes teachings, poetry, and manuals.
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Islamic Art by
Call Number: EBOOK 516 LEV
Publication Date: 2009
Provides an introduction to the art of the Islamic world, looks at the role of geometry in Islamic art, and demonstrates how circles, polygons, stars, symmetry, patterns, and tessellations can be used to mimic the style.