Islamic art and architecture from Isfahan to the Taj Mahal.

By: Stierlin, Henri.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2002Description: 319p, col. ill, 36cm.ISBN: 0500511004.Subject(s): Art | Islamic designs | Architecture, Islamic | Islam and artDDC classification: 709.56STI
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Luxury decoration, refinement, and high spirituality are defined as "Persian style" in architecture. This lavishly illustrated book examines the sources, analyzes the forms, and discusses the mystic themes and symbolism of the immense heritage handed down by Islamic artists and craftsmen. 500 illustrations.

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This is a lavishly illustrated book in the series that art historian Stierlin has crafted with much skill over the years on the monumental architecture of several Muslim countries. In this volume, as in others, he admiringly and uncritically delineates the beauty of the "skin" or ornamental feature of buildings and finds its parallels in manuscript paintings and carpets in terms of color, line, design, and composition. His thesis is that the distinctive character of the "Persian culture" resisted change even when Iran was ruled by Turko-Mongol people, because the Persians, in the author's words, "spoke an Indo-European language and had lived a permanently settled existence for millennia [whereas the invaders did not]." As his quoted sentence would imply, Stierlin delves into an ahistorical characterization that dismisses an examination of natural and social contexts in which art and architecture of Iran evolved through millennia. He extends the "Persian culture" to Muslim Central Asia and India where, according to him, an unabashed assimilation of things Persian took place. Readers will wish to travel immediately to these exotic lands to soak up the promised splendor of the architecture, or short of it, will have to cherish the beautiful pictures reproduced here. Negligible bibliography; some errors. ^BSumming Up: General readers; upper-division undergraduates. U. U. Bates CUNY Hunter College