Thursday, March 27, 2008

A Piece of History

Reading about periods in art history to prepare interview questions for Michael Page, I came across this from the Islamic Art period. I am fan of lines, symbolic object placement, and monotones, which are all here!

From Wikipedia:
"In 1250 the Mamluks seized control of Egypt from the Ayyubids, and by 1261 had managed to assert themselves in Syria as well. The Mamluks were not, strictly speaking, a dynasty, as they did not maintain a patrilineal mode of succession; in fact, Mamluks were freed Turkish slaves, who (in theory) passed the power to others of like station. This mode of government persevered for three centuries, until 1517, and gave rise to abundant architectural projects (many thousands of buildings were constructed during this period), while patronage of luxury arts favored primarily enameled glass and metalwork. The Baptistery of Saint Louis, one of the most famous Islamic objects, dates to this period."

Detail of the "Baptistère de Saint-Louis," 13th-14th century, Mamluk, today in the Louvre.

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