M. Coyne, Art Across Religions

Assignment 13

Unlike in Christian art, Islamic religious culture did not accept the creation of art depicting sentient beings (god, other holy beings). This christian image symbolizes God creating the world and an angel kicking Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden.
Most of Islamic art is dominated by geometric patterns for decoration and beautiful calligraphy for religious significance. Islam believed that only words could truly represent god, no image could portray God.
Figural artwork of people and animals was not allowed for religious purposes but was very popular in secular Islamic art.
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