by Dominique Clevenot, Gerald De George (Photographer)
Hardcover - 224 pages
Vendome Pr; ISBN: 0865652147 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.03 x 13.31 x 10.21
This magnificent book is the key to understanding one of the world's most
important architectural traditions, one that spawned major masterpieces
throughout the near east, and particularly in Persia, India, Turkey, North
Africa, Southern Russia, and Spain. As human representation is forbidden in
Islamic religious monuments, design and ornamentation reach unparalleled
heights of expression through mosaics, stucco, brickwood, and ceramic.
Brilliant colors are used everywhere to enhance design.
This monumental study is a close collaboration between Dominique
Clevenot, a distinguished scholar of art, and Gerald de George, a renowned
photographer. Together, they visited and photographed hundreds of
monuments, selecting their most noteworthy features. Unlike other books,
which divide the subject geographically or chronically, the authors have
approached this complicated topic from four different and interconnected
angles: the history of Islamic architecture, materials and techniques,
ornamental design, and the aesthetics of ornamentation.
Each of these topics is presented through a number of outstanding examples
and comparable monuments from all over the Islamic world. Travelers
overwhelmed by the Taj Mahal or the Alhambra will gain greater
understanding. Architects and designers will find endless inspiration and
ideas. Historians will be illuminated. Anyone interested in the vast world of
Islam will find new knowledge in this magnificent full-color publication.