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In this richly illustrated book, Oleg Grabar shares a veteran art historian's love for the sheer sensuality of ornamentation. Grabar analyzes early and medieval Islamic objects and uses this art to show how ornament in general enables a direct, immediate encounter between viewers and art objects from any culture and time period.In this richly illustrated book, Oleg GrabarIn this richly illustrated book, Oleg Grabar shares a veteran art historian's love for the sheer sensuality of ornamentation. Grabar analyzes early and medieval Islamic objects and uses this art to show how ornament in general enables a direct, immediate encounter between viewers and art objects from any culture and time period.In this richly illustrated book, Oleg Grabar shares a veteran art historian's love for the sheer sensuality of ornamentation. Grabar analyzes early and medieval Islamic objects and uses this art to show how ornament in general enables a direct, immediate encounter between viewers and art objects from any culture and time period....

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ISBN : 9780691001562
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 309 Pages
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  • Carolinemawer
    2019-03-11 09:44

    This is the book that got me seriously interested in Islamic art and architecture. I heard Grabar speak, immediately bought the book, and even dared to get him to sign it. Then I plunged in and read and re-read.Later on, when I knew much more, I chose it when I had to do an academic book review for my MA. And realised the many (many) problems of detail there were through the book.By then, I'd realised more of Grabar's published work. He's a big-picture thinker. A genius big-picture thinker. And perhaps the last of the over-arching thinkers - in sad contrast to today's micro-specialism, with everyone arguing only with another one or two similar-super-specialists. I especially like his pleas (not in this book) for more joint working, and use of IT to aggregate, share and interrogate data. We're getting more digitisation of sources, but very little truly joint working. [Sighs]

  • Sharon Wildwind
    2019-03-21 09:42

    This is a tough topic. I frequently found myself lost in the prose, though I did get several insights in how ornamentation can be studied. What I learned most is that there is never only one interpretation of ornamentation and it pays to be open to multiple insights. Would recommend this for any serious art student.