In the nineteenth century a fascination with the Orient spread across Europe. The landscapes, townscapes and costumes of the Ottoman, Arab and Mogul worlds provided inspiration for painters from Delacroix to Matisse. When expressed in architecture and design, this phenomenon became known as the Moorish Style. In this magnificently illustrated survey, Miles Danby examines the roots of the style in art and architecture throughout the Islamic world, discussing the factors of space, pattern, structure and decoration. Of all the buildings which exemplify this style, the Alhambra in Granada is perhaps the most important. Expertly recorded by the great nineteenth-century designer Owen Jones, its features became part of the exotic dreams of aesthetes and have continued to inspire architects in the twentieth century. This book is the first to examine the style from its origins to its contemporary manifestation.
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This is a study of the development of the "Moorish" style in architecture and crafts as it developed in North Africa and Spain, as well as the style's influence on the architecture of Europe, the ... Read full review
CHAPTER ONE lntroduction
CHAPTER TWO Roots and Derivation of Style
CHAPTER THREE Space Elements
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