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Masterpieces of Islamic Art: The Decorated Page from the 8th Century to the 17th Century
by Oleg Grabar
Binding: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Prestel USA
Weight: 5.07 pound
Dimension: H: 0.94 x L: 14.02 x W: 10.94 inches
ISBN 10: 3791343793
ISBN 13: 9783791343792
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Book Description:
This opulent volume of works
from illustrated and illuminated
manuscripts culled from important public and private collections offers a thorough introduction to the wonders of Islamic art.

A renowned scholar of Islamic art, history and culture, Oleg Grabar introduces in this book a wide range of illuminated manuscript masterpieces from the eighth to the seventeenth century. The heroes of grand epics such as Alexander the Great are found side by side with mythical monarchs, sultans, and even monsters. Illuminated manuscripts of the Koran, epic poetry, and scientific works from the Egyptian, Syrian, Persian, Mogul, and Ottoman Empires await discovery. The book opens with an essay which contextualizes the works the originals of which reside in the Louvre, French National Library, National Library of Cairo, the British Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Topkapi Museum, the Freer Gallery of Art and the collections of the Aga Khan and Khalili families. Following is a selection of two hundred full color illustrations accompanied by the author's insightful commentary. Including examples of some of the world's most beautiful artistic expressions, this collection of carefully chosen works not only illustrates an important period in art history but also serves as a monument to the achievements of Islamic culture.


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