#Islamic Art

Asian Art

Peek into the Court: Stunning Qajar Portraits

I’m sure you’re well acquainted with European royal portraiture. But have you ever seen portraits of rulers from beyond Europe? We want ...

Magda Michalska 17 September 2021

Museum Stories

Her Life and Her Museum: Isabella Stewart Gardner

The story of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and its founder before the robbery in 1990.

Jennifer S. Musawwir 9 September 2021

Sculpture

Attention: Have You Seen Ancient Sculptures’ Colors?

We admire the beauty and plasticity of ancient sculptures, how harmoniously they fit into the surrounding landscape. But we rarely ask ourselves the ...

Elizaveta Ermakova 4 September 2021

Fashion

Fashion like a Russian: Kokoshnik, a Traditional Headdress

We all know the proverb Clothes speak for men. In the Russian national costume, a headdress called Kokoshnik played a significant role: it completed ...

Elizaveta Ermakova 27 July 2021

Women Artists

Delve Into the Intricate Light Worlds of Anila Quayyum Agha

Anila Quayyum Agha is a Pakistani and American artist whose light installations are inspired by Islamic architectural forms. She received her ...

Luciana Craciun 20 July 2021

Eastern world

True Tips for a Happier Life from the Miniatures of Reza Abbasi

Everyone wants to be happy and each of us has a different idea of happiness. For some, it is finishing college and getting a new job. For others, it ...

Rute Ferreira 10 June 2021

Artist Stories

Islam in the Eyes of Osman Hamdi

The first and last Orientalist painter of the Ottoman Empire is Osman Hamdi Bey. Born in modern day Turkey, educated in Paris, highly regarded as an ...

Irina Diana Calu 12 May 2021

Medieval Art

All that Glitters: The Sparkling World of Medieval Mosaics

Welcome to the sparkling world of medieval mosaics! Although not as famous as illuminated manuscripts or stained glass, mosaic was a popular art form ...

Alexandra Kiely 10 May 2021

Islamic art

The Symbol of Sagittarius on the Tile Spandrels of Qaysariya Gate of Isfahan

The Qaysariya bazaar is located in the north of Naqsh-Jahan square of Isfahan. It was founded by Shah Abbas in the Safavid period. On the tile ...

Guest Profile 28 December 2020

Islamic art

Colors Shimmering in the Light: Islamic Mosaics Panorama

One of the most characteristic aspects of early Islamic architecture all over the world is the abundant use of mosaics, both in secular and religious ...

Magda Michalska 15 October 2020

Women Artists

Mirror Mosaics and Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1922-2019) was a contemporary, Iranian artist who became a living legend while she was still alive. Her oeuvre ...

Marga Patterson 14 October 2020

Eastern world

Mughal Gardens, Paradise on Earth

The Mughal regime is a well-documented era and the cultural achievements of this period are an important landmark in South Asian art history. While ...

Maya Tola 15 September 2020