Islamic Art

The artistic advancements through the use of geometric shapes and numbers. 

During the reign of Islamic Art in the 14th century, people created wonderful advancements with the use of geometric shapes and calligraphy. This art was typically different than Christian Art, because instead of using iconoclasm as a way to idolize the prophet, Muhammad was simply referenced as in a way to be remembered in historical moments. Therefore, you will see more art and worship to resemble this style through the history of Islamic Art. (assignment one)
This plate from the 16th century is a beautiful example of the growth and the artistic expression through the use of geometric pattern. A significant element of this decorative piece is the nature represented in a simple yet complex way. This plate has used the lotus flower in a distinct Islamic manor, the aesthetic element presents the important use of a numerical series in art. This plate and another one similar to this one found at the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art use exactly seven flowers in the center of the plate and then fill the outer space with a new geometric pattern. The use of numerical patterns and geometry have created a very stylized artistic expression through the history of Islamic Art and religious architecture.
This luxury piece from Islamic Art is a brilliant representation of what was allowed as artistic furnishings for the Islamic mosques and palaces. The piece represented a rich decorative pattern reflecting a love for nature. Materials such as ivory, metal wood and glass were used specifically in luxury works. A new sort of expression was shown through Islamic luxury art that was not allowed in Islamic religious art which was the portrayal of motifs. Often they were a symbolic representation of power and privilege. Important elements in Islamic luxury art were hunting scenes and musical entertainment.
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