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Islamic Art and Architecture: From Isfahan to the Taj Mahal Hardcover – November 1, 2002

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Art historian Henri Stierlin explores a dazzling 1,000-year-old decorative tradition in Islamic Art and Architecture: From Isfahan to the Taj Mahal. The gorgeous art book opens with several two-page full-color spreads of the mosque at Isfahan, Iran, noted for its brilliant tiles and elaborate domes. Stierlin argues that "Persian style" reigned in Islamic art from the 10th century to the late 18th and that its influence spread beyond Iran as far as India and Uzbekistan. The book boasts more than 500 color illustrations of mosques, palaces, tombs and minarets, as well as close-ups of details such as decorative stucco, calligraphy, arch designs and tile mosaics.
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Islamic Art and Architecture takes a less academic approach, examining a massive span of Islamic art and history with a consistently well written text and stunning photographs, reproductions, and floor plans. The art of the building, from the elaborately tiled walls of mosques and tombs to the famed Persian arches, gets the most attention here. Fascinating explications, including a myth-debunking history of the Taj Mahal's construction, accompany the artwork. The book doesn't quite deliver on the grandiose promise of its title, but by focusing on the classical modes of Islamic art and architecture, architectural historian Stierlin provides an engrossing introduction to the diverse artistry of the Islamic world. John Green
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500511004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500511008
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 10.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Thompson on August 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The author (Mr. Stierlin) is designated as an "art historian". That is true, but far from complete. Judging from this book, he is also an outstanding photographer. Many books of this type are sabotaged by mediocre photography; not this one! If you have an interest in beautiful architecture beyond the shores of America, you should get this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W. Richard Oakes Jr. on July 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The book portrays Islamic architecture through the ages and throughout the Muslim world in a manner that portrays both it's beauty and the similar features that transcend geography and time. It is particularly enlightening to Westerners who have little exposure to history, the non-Western world, or Islam.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A great book for someone searching for some kind of beauty,this book will touch your heart.So sit back and relax and enjoy your journey.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book of excellent photographs of some beautiful places. Most of mosques and other Islamic architecture I have seen (in Eqypt, Turkey, India and Spain) is very attractive. Many of the structures shown in this book are inaccessible to Western tourists. I wish the USA and Iran would make peace so I could visit the beautiful places shown here in what was once Persia, the home of inspiration for the most beautiful Islamic art.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Vladyslav Serdyuk on May 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have visited a lot of the countries which have monuments described in this book. I would say that this is normal book for such price. But if someone is interested in one of the cultural centres more deeply I recommend to find something else.
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