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Oriental Treasures in the Mediterranean: From Damascus to Granada (Timeless Treasures) [Hardcover]

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Hundreds of photographs illustrate the beautiful Islamic monuments and artwork that advanced early Mediterranean civilization to new heights in the 7th and 8th centuries-a true renaissance that took place long before northern Europe's. Madrasa, palace, fort, garden, public bath, and mausoleum designs are explored and placed into a historic and cultural context. Steirlin explicates the Islamic aesthetics of abstract decoration, formed by the interweaving of geometric mosaics, colors, and arabesques that expresses a feverish creativity on the part of Islamic artists of the period. The result is an engaging guide to a body of work fascinating for its very complexity.
Henri Stierlin was born in Alexandria, Egypt, is a world-renowned art historian who has specialized in early Islamic art and monuments. Over his long career he has made numerous radio and television programs and his many books on culture have appeared in many languages; most recently Islamic Art: The Influence of Persian Architecture from Isfahan to the Taj Mahal, published in 2003.

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Pages   296
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 14" Width: 10.5" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   5.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 25, 2005
Publisher   White Star
ISBN  8854400874  
ISBN13  9788854400870  

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Beautiful Photographs-Weak Text  Oct 22, 2007
"Oriental Treasures" is a beautiful book. This book is distributed in the United States by Rizzoli International and has the usual outstanding quality one associates with Rizzoli. The large format photographs are printed on high quality paper and no corners were cut in producing this book. Visually, this is a stunning book and anyone intersted in this topic will be pleased to add it to their book collection.

Unfortunately, the translation of Henri Stierlin's french language text is not up to the same quality as the rest of the book. The long, ornate sentences that make sense in French are painful to read in English. This book once again demonstrates that foreign language translation is an art unto itself. Finally, I was able to pick this book at Barnes & Noble for Sixteen Dollars. At that price, this book is a great value.
Highly recommended  Oct 15, 2007
This is an astonishingly beautiful book, full of glossy paper color photographs of Islamic art and architecture. The best thing about Henri and Anne Stierlin's books is their amazing close-ups, capturing details
that would otherwise go unnoticed. Some of the photographs cover an entire page, so you really get to appreciate the richness of
ornamentation in Islamic art. The book covers mostly sites in Egypt,
Syria, Turkey, Jerusalem, Morroco and Andalusia (southern Spain).

Another oversize book by the Stierlin's that provide a feast for the eyes is "Islamic Art and Architecture: from Isfahan to the Taj Mahal". This one covers a different area, concentrating on the Persian style with its incredible tile work. It includes sites in Iran, Samarkand/Bukhara (Central Asia) and Agra, India (when the Mughals ruled).
I bought these two books at a very reasonable price. Unfortunately, as I write this review (October 2007), "Islamic Art and Architecture: from Isfahan to the Taj Mahal" has become very expensive. I got Oriental Treasures as a bargain book for $16.00. Hope you can too!

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