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Islamic Art and Architecture
Transcript of Islamic Art and Architecture
Islamic Art and Architecture
An outstanding characteristic of Islamic art and architecture is its ability to beautify mundane ideas.
Islamic art is categorized into three general groups regardless of its age and its origin within Islamic countries.
The four basic geometric shapes from which more complex combinations are produced are:
3. ubiquitous star
4. multi-sided polygons.
The literal meaning of the word calligraphy is “beautiful writing” (Dickson et al, 2006).
It is not only a form of art, but also an expression of religion.
Arabesque is an artistic expression that consists of linear patterns.
Combines calligraphy, geometry, and other artistic elements.
It is a collection of decorative principles and elements that are incorporated together, forming different styles that are applicable to all types of buildings.
An arch in the Islamic architecture comes in three main designs.
Transverse Arch Pointed Arch Horseshoe Arch
The use of domes first came about in Islam during the Umayyad period around 691 AD (Tarrad and Matrouk, n.d.), specifically in Jerusalem when the well-known dome of rock was built.
Persian architecture is known for its precise sense of scale, generous use of surface ornamentation and employment of plenty of bright colors.
Artistic traditions mentioned earlier like geometry and calligraphy are also incorporated into their buildings.
Under the Ottomans, Islamic architecture was brought back to life after losing most of its power due to internal fights during the 12th century.
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Islamic art and architecture share their roots with previously existing civilizations; however, they possess unique features that distinguish them to be Islamic. These features include geometric patterns, arabesques or ornamentation, calligraphy, domes and arches.
A Modern Example