(within the firewall only – must be on campus)
-- Islamic Art & Architecture --
Dr. Michael Tinkler
Houghton House #103; 3489
TTh 11:50 1:20, Houghton House 212
Office Hours: M&W, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
or almost ANY TIME by appointment!
We will examine Islamic art and architecture from its beginnings in the adaptation of classical Mediterranean media and forms to the expression of autonomous stylistic developments and the impact of colonialism and post colonialism. We will consider reasons for the myth that Islam prohibits imagery and examine the use of the abstract decorative technique often dismissed in western criticism as the "arabesque." The western colonialist response to the Islamic world seen in 19th century "orientalist" painting and the subsequent Islamic response to western art styles and the contemporary search for an authentic Islamic style in art and architecture will conclude the course.
required: Robert Irwin, Islamic Art in
Context -- we will read this first!
The Koran, tr. N.J. Dawood
Ettinghausen, Grabar,, & Jenkins-Madina The Art and Architecture of Islam, 650-1250
Blair & Bloom, The Art and Architecture of Islam, 1250-1800
Attendance: of course if you don’t attend
you won’t do very well. Visual material will often seem very different in
color and in large scale on the wall from its appearance in black and white in
a small paperback book, so if you don’t see both, your work will suffer.
You may miss 2 classes without penalty. After that, each missed class will remove 2 points from your final grade.
10, 1:30-4:30 p.m. -- FINAL EXAMINATION
Please inform your parents of the date of the Final Examination NOW. Examinations will NOT be given in advance to fit your travel schedule.
The 10 Quizzes will take place on Thursdays. There will be no make ups. There will be no retests. If you come in late, you will have only until the end of the quiz time - no extensions. The quizzes will cover items from the online slide review.
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