Caliphs and kings: the art and influence of Islamic Spain, Part 3

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Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2004 - Art - 177 pages
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Caliphs to Kingsincludes rarely seen Islamic objects ranging from textiles to ceramics to gold. Emphasizing themes of longevity, continuity, and transmission in the Islamic decorative arts and sciences of medieval Spain, the book includes works dating from the time of the Arab conquest of the Iberian Peninsula in the eighth century to the final phase of Muslim life in Spain in the sixteenth century. Objects from tenth-century Cordoba illustrate the creation of a unique court aesthetic under the calipate that was widely copied by both Muslim and Christian rulers in the following centuries. Later works show the eclectic aesthetic, intellectual, and political culture that resulted from the Christian conquests in the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries of the cities of Andalusia. During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, Muslim craftsmen working both in the kingdom of Granada and for Christian patrons (the crown, nobility, and the Church) in Seville, Toledo, Cordoba, and Valencia produced some of the most beautiful and evocative ceramics and textiles of the time, items that were exported throughout Europe and served as models for silk and ceramic industries in regions including the Italian peninsula. Works of particular note include a tenth-century ivory pyxis from Cordoba, an early fifteenth-century amorial carpet from Murcia made for the queen of Argon, and two exquisite, illuminated Hebrew Bibles.

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Caliphs and kings: the art and influence of Islamic Spain: selections from the Hispanic Society of America, New York

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Mythic Andalusia (Al-Andalus, or Islamic Spain) is a land of shimmering blue coasts, gleaming white hill towns, and beautiful mountains; home to the Alhambra, flamenco, and El Cid; and a place of ... Read full review

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