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Historic Illustrations of Islamic Architecture

Dome of the Rock: section

Dome of the Rock: section

Title: Dome of the Rock
Other title: Qubbat al-Sakhrah (Mosque: Jerusalem); Mosque of Omar
Date: circa 687–691
Current location: Yerushalayim, Mehoz Yerushalayim, Yisra’el
Description of work: The historic illustrations included in this project were originally published during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many originally appeared in publications that predated the widespread use of photography for art documentation. These engravings, line drawings, and plans reflect both the technological and aesthetic standards of their time. By their very nature, they often represent subjective interpretations of the monuments and works depicted, and as such they offer fascinating insights into the cultural values of art and architectural history during the formative years of these disciplines. In the context of these images the terms “”reconstruction”” and “”rendering”” have been used to distinguish between the artists’ speculative reconstruction of a ruined work from the artists’ perspective drawing or rendition of the design.
Description of view: sectional view showing interior and chamber below
Work type: Architecture and Landscape
Manuscripts and Books
Style of work: Islamic: Umayyad
Culture: Umayyad
Measurements: 15.4H x 14.3W cm
Source: Architecture, Sculpture, and the Industrial Arts Among the Nations of Antiquity / a series of illustrations arranged chronologically, and forming an atlas, to be used in connection with any work on the history of art. Authorized American edition, published under the supervision of S. R. Koehler. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1879. Series II. Provided courtesy of Allan Kohl.

 

 

Hagia Sophia: rendering of exterior view

Hagia Sophia: rendering of exterior view

T itle: Hagia Sophia
Other title: Hagia Sophia (Mosque: Iznik, Turkey); Church of Holy Wisdom, Constantinople; Ayasofya Muzesi
Creator: Anthemios, ho Trallianos, 6th cent.
Creator role: Architect
Creator 2: Isidorus of Miletus
Creator 2 role: Architect
Date: 532–537
Current location: Istanbul, Istanbul, Marmara, Turkiye
Description of work: The historic illustrations included in this project were originally published during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many originally appeared in publications that predated the widespread use of photography for art documentation. These engravings, line drawings, and plans reflect both the technological and aesthetic standards of their time. By their very nature, they often represent subjective interpretations of the monuments and works depicted, and as such they offer fascinating insights into the cultural values of art and architectural history during the formative years of these disciplines. In the context of these images the terms “”reconstruction”” and “”rendering”” have been used to distinguish between the artists’ speculative reconstruction of a ruined work from the artists’ perspective drawing or rendition of the design.
Description of view: exterior view with figures throughout the foreground and a group heading into the building on the right side
Work type: Architecture and Landscape
Manuscripts and Books
Style of work: Byzantine: Early Byzantine
Culture: Byzantine
Measurements: 11.6H X 16.8W cm
Source: Architecture, Sculpture, and the Industrial Arts Among the Nations of Antiquity / a series of illustrations arranged chronologically, and forming an atlas, to be used in connection with any work on the history of art. Authorized American edition, published under the supervision of S. R. Koehler. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1879, Series II, plate 42, fig. 4. Provided courtesy of Allan Kohl.

 

 

Hagia Sophia: section

Hagia Sophia: section

Title: Hagia Sophia

Other title: Hagia Sophia (Mosque: Iznik, Turkey); Church of Holy Wisdom, Constantinople; Ayasofya Muzesi
Creator: Anthemios, ho Trallianos, 6th cent.
Creator role: Architect
Creator 2: Isidorus of Miletus
Creator 2 role: Architect
Date: 532–537
Current location: Istanbul, Istanbul, Marmara, Turkiye
Description of work: The historic illustrations included in this project were originally published during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many originally appeared in publications that predated the widespread use of photography for art documentation. These engravings, line drawings, and plans reflect both the technological and aesthetic standards of their time. By their very nature, they often represent subjective interpretations of the monuments and works depicted, and as such they offer fascinating insights into the cultural values of art and architectural history during the formative years of these disciplines. In the context of these images the terms “”reconstruction”” and “”rendering”” have been used to distinguish between the artists’ speculative reconstruction of a ruined work from the artists’ perspective drawing or rendition of the design.
Description of view: longitudinal section
Work type: Architecture and Landscape
Manuscripts and Books
Style of work: Byzantine: Early Byzantine
Culture: Byzantine
Measurements: 9.95H X 17.95W cm
Source: Architecture, Sculpture, and the Industrial Arts Among the Nations of Antiquity / a series of illustrations arranged chronologically, and forming an atlas, to be used in connection with any work on the history of art. Authorized American edition, published under the supervision of S. R. Koehler. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1879, Series II, plate 42, fig. 4. Provided courtesy of Allan Kohl.

 

 

Alhambra: Courtyard of the Lions: rendering

Alhambra: Courtyard of the Lions: rendering

Title: Alhambra: Courtyard of the Lions
Other title: Alhambra (Granada, Spain); Courtyard of the Lions (Patio de los Leones)
Date: circa 1354–1391
Current location: Granada, Andalucia, Espana
Description of work: The historic illustrations included in this project were originally published during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many originally appeared in publications that predated the widespread use of photography for art documentation. These engravings, line drawings, and plans reflect both the technological and aesthetic standards of their time. By their very nature, they often represent subjective interpretations of the monuments and works depicted, and as such they offer fascinating insights into the cultural values of art and architectural history during the formative years of these disciplines. In the context of these images the terms “”reconstruction”” and “”rendering”” have been used to distinguish between the artists’ speculative reconstruction of a ruined work from the artists’ perspective drawing or rendition of the design.
Description of view: courtyard showing a fountain in the center with lions carved into the base
Work type: Architecture and Landscape
Manuscripts and Books
Style of work: Islamic: Nasrid
Culture: Spanish (Islamic)
Measurements: 19.3H x 15.15W cm
Source: Architecture, Sculpture, and the Industrial Arts Among the Nations of Antiquity / a series of illustrations arranged chronologically, and forming an atlas, to be used in connection with any work on the history of art. Authorized American edition, published under the supervision of S. R. Koehler. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1879. Series II. Provided courtesy of Allan Kohl.

 

 

Alhambra: Hall of the Abencerrajes: rendering of interior view

Alhambra: Hall of the Abencerrajes: rendering of interior view

Title: Alhambra: Hall of the Abencerrajes
Other title: Alhambra (Granada, Spain)
Date: circa 1354–1391
Current location: Granada, Andalucia, Espana
Description of work: The historic illustrations included in this project were originally published during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many originally appeared in publications that predated the widespread use of photography for art documentation. These engravings, line drawings, and plans reflect both the technological and aesthetic standards of their time. By their very nature, they often represent subjective interpretations of the monuments and works depicted, and as such they offer fascinating insights into the cultural values of art and architectural history during the formative years of these disciplines. In the context of these images the terms “”reconstruction”” and “”rendering”” have been used to distinguish between the artists’ speculative reconstruction of a ruined work from the artists’ perspective drawing or rendition of the design.
Description of view: looking into the center with a fountain in the middle and figures walking towards and past it on the left side
Work type: Architecture and Landscape
Manuscripts and Books
Style of work: Islamic: Nasrid
Culture: Spanish (Islamic)
Measurements: 14.95H x 10.7W cm
Source: Architecture, Sculpture, and the Industrial Arts Among the Nations of Antiquity / a series of illustrations arranged chronologically, and forming an atlas, to be used in connection with any work on the history of art. Authorized American edition, published under the supervision of S. R. Koehler. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1879. Series II. Provided courtesy of Allan Kohl.

 

 

Cordova Mosque - Rendering of interior view

Cordova Mosque – Rendering of interior view

Title: Great Mosque
Other title: Catedral (Cordoba, Spain)
Date: 784–988 (original structure)
Current location: Cordoba, Andalucia, Espana
Description of work: The historic illustrations included in this project were originally published during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many originally appeared in publications that predated the widespread use of photography for art documentation. These engravings, line drawings, and plans reflect both the technological and aesthetic standards of their time. By their very nature, they often represent subjective interpretations of the monuments and works depicted, and as such they offer fascinating insights into the cultural values of art and architectural history during the formative years of these disciplines. In the context of these images the terms “”reconstruction”” and “”rendering”” have been used to distinguish between the artists’ speculative reconstruction of a ruined work from the artists’ perspective drawing or rendition of the design.
Description of view: view down center with figures in the middle center and background
Work type: Architecture and Landscape
Manuscripts and Books
Style of work: Islamic: Umayyad
Culture: Spanish (Islamic)
Measurements: 11.25H x 15.65W cm
Source: Architecture, Sculpture, and the Industrial Arts Among the Nations of Antiquity / a series of illustrations arranged chronologically, and forming an atlas, to be used in connection with any work on the history of art. Authorized American edition, published under the supervision of S. R. Koehler. Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1879. Series II. Provided courtesy of Allan Kohl.

 

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