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Rana Riaz Ahmed introduced the technique of pointillism in calligraphy. Majesty of Quranic words and beauty of colours enrich his work and come together providing a unique visual pleasure.

Exhibition of Islamic Art and Crafts

“Turathuna: Our Heritage” is the title of an art exhibition being organized by the Consulate General of Pakistan, Jeddah from 18-21 September 2012 at Ana Special Mall, Jeddah. Turathuna will exhibit vibrant and distinctive features of Islamic art.

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Around the World with Nusret Colpan

Nusret Çolpan (October 1, 1952 – May 31, 2008) was a Turkish painter, architect and miniaturist, renowned for his paintings in Ottoman miniature style depicting cities around the world, particularly Istanbul. He painted over 300 miniatures in his 30…

Meidan-i-Chah ou Place Royale, Ispahan by Flandin, Eugene-Napoleon

Meidan-i-Chah ou Place Royale, Ispahan; Ispahan, Meidan-i-Shah

The wide expanse of the Maydan was created as a polo ground by Shah Abbas soon after he moved his capital to Ispahan in the early 1600s. On the far side is the…

Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, Vésoul 1824–1904 Paris)

Prayer in the Mosque

Date: 1871 Medium:Oil on canvas Dimensions:35 x 29 1/2 in. (88.9 x 74.9 cm) Credit Line:Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Bequest of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, 1887 Orientalist images represent more than two-thirds of Gérôme’s…

Rosette (shamsa) bearing the name and titles of Emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1628–58), Mughal, 17th century Attributed to India Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Rosette (shamsa)

This shamsa is an exquisite example of the art of illumination in the Mughal period. The profusion and gem-like detail of the floral decoration of the rosette, set along scrolling vines, can be…

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The Later Ottomans and the Impact of Europe

The Ottoman sultans’ fascination with European art, which had so strongly influenced the arts of the eighteenth century, played an equally important role in the nineteenth. Just as they attempted to solve the…

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Islamic Calligraphy 1450-1925 A.D.- East

  This calligraphic panel is executed in black (Indian) naskh on a pink paper decorated with gold cloud motifs and pasted to a light blue backing. The poem wishes a ruler (nicknamed the…

Doris Dukes Shangri La – Center for Islamic Arts and Culture

The collection at Shangri La consists of about 3,500 objects, within which are several distinct sub-collections that shed light on Islam, Islamic cultures and Islamic art, among other traditions. Below are links to…

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