Al-Andalus: The Art of Islamic Spain

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From 711 when they arrived on the Iberian Peninsula until 1492 when scholars contribute a wide-ranging series of essays and catalogue entries which are fully companion to the 373 illustrations (324 in color) of the spectacular art and architecture of the nearly vanished culture. 91/2x121/2 they were expelled by Ferdinand and Isabella, the Muslims were a powerful force in al-Andalus, as they called the Iberian lands they controlled. This awe-inspiring volume, which accompanies a major exhibition presented at the Alhambra in Granada and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is devoted to the little-known artistic legacy of Islamic Spain, revealing the value of these arts as part of an autonomous culture and also as a presence with deep significance for both Europe and the Islamic world. Twenty-four international Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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This beautifully illustrated volume is much more than the catalog of an exhibition of Spain's Islamic art that was held at the Alhambra and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York this summer ... Read full review

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This is an absolutely fascinating collection of essays for anyone with an interest in this subject. So much of the American Southwest and West incorporate the designs and aesthetics of this period in Spanish history and so few people seem to understand that the genesis of those designs and aesthetics is not Europe but the Middle East and ultimate the civilizations of antiquity. We are all one on this planet. History proves that over and over and over again. 

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