Arab Painting: Text and Image in Illustrated Arabic Manuscripts

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Anna Contadini
BRILL, 2010 - Art - 272 pages
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Arab painting, preserved mainly in manuscript illustrations of the 12th to 14th centuries, is here treated as an artistic corpus fully deserving of appreciation in its own terms, and not as a mere precursor to Persian painting. The book assembles papers by a distinguished list of scholars that illuminate the variety of material that survives in scientific as well as literary manuscripts. Because of the contexts in which the paintings appear, a major theoretical concern is, precisely, the relationship of painting to text. It rejects earlier scholarly habits of analysing paintings in isolation, and proposes the integration of text and image as a more satisfactory framework within which to elucidate the characteristics and functions of this impressive body of work. This second, revised edition includes addenda and corrigenda.
 

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Arab is not have any historic painting...this is Persian painting....

Contents

The Manuscript as a Whole
3
What does Arab Painting Mean?
17
The Kitāb alDiryāq in Text and Image
25
Text and Illustrations Dioscorides and the Illustrated Herbal in the Arab Tradition
41
Ibn Abi lawāfirs Badāi alAkwān and Other Animal Books
49
A Late ThirteenthCentury Copy of alūfīs Book of the Constellations
65
Tracking Cultural Transformations in the 1322 Qazwīnī Ajāib Manuscript
73
The Earliest Islamic Illustrated Manuscript the Maqāmāt and a Graveyard
95
Arab Painting Iberian Courtly Culture
103
A Study in Islamic Frontispiece Design
117
The Uses of Captions in Medieval Literary Arabic Manuscripts
135
Anatomical Illustration in Arabic Manuscripts
147
The Translation of Diagrams and Illustrations from Arabic into Latin
161
Introductory Bibliography
177
Index
265
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Anna Contadini, PhD (1992) in Islamic Art, SOAS, London University, where she is Reader in Islamic Art. Her publications include Fatimid Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A 1998) and numerous works on Islamic manuscripts, artefacts, and artistic exchanges between Europe and the Middle East.