A Brief review of islamic art

assignment 13, caroline c. evans abbott

Islamic religious art varies from Christian religious art in many ways. Within the religion of Islam, it is considered idolatry to portray religious figures within works of art and is forbidden within the Qur'an. Christian art, on the other hand, frequently features portrayals of Christian saints, religious scenes, and figures.
Because the portrayal of religious figures is forbidden within the context of Islamic art, the nature of most decorations, artwork, and embellishment of interior elements for Mosques is mainly pattern-based. Many of these patterns and motifs are botanically inspired and geometric in nature, featuring blossoms, vines, and leaves interweaving in great intricacy, as is evident with this lamp component from the Benkai Museum's gallery.
The incidence of representation of human form within Islamic art is dependent upon the specific cultural norms of the area from which the artist originated, as many locales had different societal norms. Typically, the representation of human form in luxury pieces like this one would have been reserved for the secular arts as there would be no connection to the Qur'an and thusly no violation of the ideals therein.
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