Cosmophilia : Islamic Art from the David Collection, Copenhagen

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With a history spanning some fourteen centuries, Islamic art is one of the world's great artistic traditions, although it largely eschews such familiar art forms as painting on canvas and monumental sculpture. "Cosmophilia" is the catalog for an exhibition comprising 123 of the finest examples of Islamic art from the C. L. David Collection in Copenhagen, Denmark, shown at the McMullen Museum at Boston College and soon to travel to the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago. These beguiling works from Spain, West Africa, China, and Indonesia include ornamental textiles, calligraphy, book-painting, ceramics, and inlaid wood. An introductory essay by cocurators Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom that explores the nature and meaning of ornament in Islamic art accompanies this lavishly illustrated catalog. In addition to their in-depth discussion of the collection, Blair and Bloom reveal how Islamic artists incorporate figural ornament, written text, geometry, and even vegetation in their designs. The resulting volume will thrill anyone interested in the distinctive beauty of Islamic art.
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  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 219 x 304 x 19.05mm | 1,228g
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • English
  • 125 colour plates, 5 halftones
  • 1892850117
  • 9781892850119

About Professor Sheila S. Blair

Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom share the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professorship of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College as well as the Hamad bin Khalifa Chair of Islamic Art at Virginia Commonwealth University. Together and independently they are the authors of numerous books, including their joint work, The Art and Architecture of Islam: 1250 - 1800, which was a New York Times Notable Book.
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