Saturday, October 8, 2016

Jerusalem: The Medieval Bazaar

From The Met:
Foliate or vegetal patterns seen in Islamic art originally derived from Byzantine artistic traditions, which by the Medieval period, Islamic artists had developed into a style fully their own now widely known as “arabesque” (a term coined in 19th century Europe). These graphic interpretations of nature are sometimes thought to symbolize paradise, but due to lack of written record, scholars often disagree on the subject. Derived from a 13th – 14th century Islamic textile fragment, the graphic leaf-like pattern was created through a process of block printing and resist dying on very fine cotton believed to be of Indian or Egyptian origin. (Read more.)

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