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From the supreme confidence of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem to the scores of exquisite buildings of Ottoman Istanbul; from the extraordinary virtuosity of Persian painting in the fifteenth century to the vivid ceramic tradition of Ottoman Iznik—Hillenbrand does justice to both the highlights and the ongoing evolution of the full range of Islamic arts. Supported by a g From the supreme confidence of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem to the scores of exquisite buildings of Ottoman Istanbul; from the extraordinary virtuosity of Persian painting in the fifteenth century to the vivid ceramic tradition of Ottoman Iznik—Hillenbrand does justice to both the highlights and the ongoing evolution of the full range of Islamic arts. Supported by a glossary of Islamic terms, a time line, and maps, this book traces the architecture, calligraphy, book illumination, painting, ceramics, textiles, and metalwork of a vastly accomplished and influential civilization.


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From the supreme confidence of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem to the scores of exquisite buildings of Ottoman Istanbul; from the extraordinary virtuosity of Persian painting in the fifteenth century to the vivid ceramic tradition of Ottoman Iznik—Hillenbrand does justice to both the highlights and the ongoing evolution of the full range of Islamic arts. Supported by a g From the supreme confidence of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem to the scores of exquisite buildings of Ottoman Istanbul; from the extraordinary virtuosity of Persian painting in the fifteenth century to the vivid ceramic tradition of Ottoman Iznik—Hillenbrand does justice to both the highlights and the ongoing evolution of the full range of Islamic arts. Supported by a glossary of Islamic terms, a time line, and maps, this book traces the architecture, calligraphy, book illumination, painting, ceramics, textiles, and metalwork of a vastly accomplished and influential civilization.

30 review for Islamic Art and Architecture

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    This book is very comprehensive and well-organized on the world of islamic art--an often very-little studied area in the art world. I read it after hearing a series of Hildebrand's lectures in an art history class at the University of Edinburgh. This man is an amazing speaker and so passionate and extremely knowledgeable about what he does. This book is very comprehensive and well-organized on the world of islamic art--an often very-little studied area in the art world. I read it after hearing a series of Hildebrand's lectures in an art history class at the University of Edinburgh. This man is an amazing speaker and so passionate and extremely knowledgeable about what he does.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tamar

    3,5/5. A politically charged explanation of art history in Islamic premodern empires, from the Ummayads to the Ottomans. Full of illustrating examples, and follows a thematic categorization in every chapter, doing the major art forms justice.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Noelle

    Another book for school. This one was for the History of Islamic art and though I found the contents interesting and helpful for the class I found the information difficult to read and dry. There is no way to make art interesting for non artists however I feel for an american class the book which is written in a proper english style was quite hard to get into and the word use didn't always make sense to me (dang my poor education) Over all though it was great. Just wish the images were better. Another book for school. This one was for the History of Islamic art and though I found the contents interesting and helpful for the class I found the information difficult to read and dry. There is no way to make art interesting for non artists however I feel for an american class the book which is written in a proper english style was quite hard to get into and the word use didn't always make sense to me (dang my poor education) Over all though it was great. Just wish the images were better.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Murtha

    This is a truly illuminating survey, written in a lively, forthright style that captures the author's character and perspective without undercutting the book's objective task. (I especially enjoyed Hillenbrand's use of a delightfully broad vocabulary, that kept even this English M.A. thumbing his dictionary!) I was grateful for Hillenbrand's wide range in describing metalwork, pottery, textiles, book illustrations (those dreaded "minor arts"), as well as architecture. This is a truly illuminating survey, written in a lively, forthright style that captures the author's character and perspective without undercutting the book's objective task. (I especially enjoyed Hillenbrand's use of a delightfully broad vocabulary, that kept even this English M.A. thumbing his dictionary!) I was grateful for Hillenbrand's wide range in describing metalwork, pottery, textiles, book illustrations (those dreaded "minor arts"), as well as architecture.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    a bit dry.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tabish Khan

    This is a solid introduction to the world of Islamic art and architecture written by an author who knows this field well. It covers all the key periods in the history of Islamic empires and the version I read was a newer edition that adds a chapter on 1700-1900 so it includes the later developments in Islamic art and architecture that were missing in the previous edition. Each chapter starts with a summary of the politics of the time and this does a great job of giving context to each age that th This is a solid introduction to the world of Islamic art and architecture written by an author who knows this field well. It covers all the key periods in the history of Islamic empires and the version I read was a newer edition that adds a chapter on 1700-1900 so it includes the later developments in Islamic art and architecture that were missing in the previous edition. Each chapter starts with a summary of the politics of the time and this does a great job of giving context to each age that the author takes us through. While it is billed as an introduction to this area it's ultimately a reference book so the writing is dry and you'll want to have a thesaurus at hand, and not just for the art and architecture terms. I wouldn't recommend reading it cover to cover, rather the first few pages of each chapter before skimming the rest and dipping in where a piece or building grabs your interest. It's a beautifully illustrated introduction to this genre.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dini Utami

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. i read it fo my refrenc my task

  8. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Leone Davidson

    Hillenbrand's book is great. It is comprehensive, well written, includes helpful maps, timelines, and photographs that capture the beauty of the art he discusses. He covers everything from painting, to calligraphy, to the beautiful Persian rugs, to architecture. If you're interested in any kind of art, I would highly recommend! Hillenbrand's book is great. It is comprehensive, well written, includes helpful maps, timelines, and photographs that capture the beauty of the art he discusses. He covers everything from painting, to calligraphy, to the beautiful Persian rugs, to architecture. If you're interested in any kind of art, I would highly recommend!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    The illustrations are good and the information comprehensive and presumably accurate, but somehow the text manages to make a deeply interesting subjective sound deadly boring. Written in a tedious, pedantic style that taxes the reader's patience. The illustrations are good and the information comprehensive and presumably accurate, but somehow the text manages to make a deeply interesting subjective sound deadly boring. Written in a tedious, pedantic style that taxes the reader's patience.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michal

    Lots of interesting information, but written in a pretty dry language. All the photos are black and white and of poor quality.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    For the Summer Course I am TA-ing, but still a very interesting introductory look at Islamic Art. The only issue is that the text excludes Islamic art of India.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Britt Wit

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rahas Fath

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amin Almasi

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ruby

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kyleigh Jacobs

  17. 4 out of 5

    Imke

  18. 5 out of 5

    Arta

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leo

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ivo

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mitch Allan

  22. 4 out of 5

    Niovi

  23. 4 out of 5

    Girt By

  24. 4 out of 5

    Omar Sami

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hadil

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bob

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jess

  28. 4 out of 5

    Madeline Wilcox

  29. 4 out of 5

    Seohyun Kim

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kamiar Yazdani

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