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Contadini, Anna, ed. (2007) Arab Painting: Text and Image in Illustrated Arabic Manuscripts. Leiden: Brill. (Handbuch der Orientalistik)

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Abstract

Arab painting, preserved mainly in manuscript illustrations of the 12th to 14th centuries, is here treated as an artistic corpus fully deserving of appreciation in its own terms, and not as a mere precursor to Persian painting. The book assembles papers by a distinguished list of scholars that illuminate the variety of material that survives in scientific as well as literary manuscripts. Because of the contexts in which the paintings appear, a major theoretical concern is, precisely, the relationship of painting to text. It rejects earlier scholarly habits of analysing paintings in isolation, and proposes the integration of text and image as a more satisfactory framework within which to elucidate the characteristics and functions of this impressive body of work.

Item Type: Edited Book or Journal Volume
Additional Information: This is an award-winning book ("best book of the year, category art" RAI)
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of History of Art and Archaeology
ISBN: 9789004157224
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1163/ej.9789004186309.i-272
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2008 22:10
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/4492

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