And Diverse are Their Hues

And Diverse are Their Hues : Color in Islamic Art and Culture

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The Koran uses the phrase 'and diverse are their hues' to describe the glorious chromatic variety of God's creation. Colour has always been an important signifier in Islamic art, and its uses have encompassed the practical as well as the mystical and poetic. This comprehensive volume is the first to analyze the use of colour in Islamic art and architecture from a range of artistic and cultural perspectives. A prestigious team of international scholars discusses the applications and implications of colour in Islamic cultures from medieval to modern times and from Central Asia to Spain and beyond. They look at art, architecture, literature, philosophy, mysticism, optics, and conservation studies. Amply and vividly illustrated, "And Diverse Are Their Hues" is also a remarkable visual resource for Islamic carpets, ceramic tiles, manuscripts, gardens, and buildings.
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  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • 230 x 290 x 34.29mm | 2,413.11g
  • New Haven, CT, United States
  • English, Multiple languages
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • 265 colour images + 5 black-&-white illustrations
  • 0300175728
  • 9780300175721
  • 752,944

About Jonathan M. Bloom

Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair share the Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair of Islamic Art at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professorship in Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College.
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