Islamic Art History
Join us for a visual journey into the riches of the arts of the Islamic world, a field that stretches from Andalusia in Spain across the Middle East and North Africa to Southeast Asia, and one that—despite its 1,400-year history—has recently faced devastating destruction and looting. We will explore sumptuous textiles, intricate wood and ivory carvings, painted ceramics in glossy glazes, metalwork inlaid with precious materials, enameled and gilded glass, and the painting and calligraphic traditions of the book arts. We will tour the sacred mosques, monumental palaces, and lush gardens where such objects were used and treasured. Finally, the course will examine the continuity of these artistic traditions by looking at the work of contemporary artists from Islamic regions and their responses to political and social events of the 20th and 21st centuries.
You'll Walk Away with
- A foundation in art history
- Knowledge of Islamic art movements
- Art enthusiasts
- Prospective and practicing art professionals