The Art of Mihrab – Little Masterpieces of Islamic ArtJuly 22, 2021
What is a mihrab (miḥrāb)? It’s a typically semi-circular niche in a mosque. It’s usually inserted in the center of a Quibla wall, the wall which points towards Mecca, the holy direction of Muslim prayers. With time, mihrabs turned...
A Journey to Andalusia: The Moorish Stronghold of GranadaJuly 20, 2021
The fall of Moorish Granada to the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492 marked the end of the Reconquista and the ultimate collapse of al-Andalus, the Islamic territory that had stretched across the Iberian Peninsula for over...
Delve Into the Intricate Light Worlds of Anila Quayyum AghaJuly 20, 2021
Anila Quayyum Agha is a Pakistani and American artist whose light installations are inspired by Islamic architectural forms. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National College of Arts in Lahore and also a Master’s in...
Everything You Should Know About Islamic ArtJuly 19, 2021
Bright colorful mosaics, stunning arches, amazing constructions in the middle of the desert, beautifully ornate calligraphy, incredible rock crystal goblets, refined metalwork are just a few of the Islamic art wonders that have fascinated for centuries. They are...
Masterpiece of the Week: Mithras Slaying the BullJuly 18, 2021
Mithras Slaying the Bull is a compilation of the entire religious and symbolic images of Mithraism. It reflects promised immortality and personal salvation. It helps followers seek inner peace and cosmic redemption. It helps souls’ journeys through the...
A Tale of Revenge and Justice: The Oresteia in PaintingsJuly 13, 2021
Marcus Aurelius, the last of the five good Roman emperors once wrote: “The best way to avenge yourself is not to become as they are” (Meditations 6.6). When one reads Aeschylus’ well-known trilogy, Oresteia, it will become clear...
Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? 50 Years LaterJuly 10, 2021
The well-known essay Why have there been no great women artists by Linda Nochlin was originally published in ARTnews in January 1971. It is an essay on proto-feminist art theory. Nochlin wrote it during the onset of the...
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