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Author Bush, Olga, author
Title Reframing the Alhambra : architecture, poetry, textiles and court ceremonial / Olga Bush
Imprint Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2018]
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  NA387 B978 2018    DUE 01-31-22    30530001355106
Descript xiv, 320 pages : colour illustrations, maps, plans ; 26 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Edinburgh studies in Islamic art
Edinburgh studies in Islamic art
Note The Nasrid builders of the Alhambra - the best-preserved medieval Muslim palatial city - were so exacting that some of their work could not be fully explained until the invention of fractal geometry. Their design principles have been obscured, however, by the loss of all archival material. This book resolves that impasse by investigating the neglected, interdisciplinary contexts of medieval poetics and optics and through comparative study of Islamic court ceremonials. This reframing enables the reconstruction of the underlying, integrated aesthetic, focusing on the harmonious interrelationship between diverse artistic media - architecture, poetry and textiles - in the experience of the beholder, resulting in a new understanding of the Alhambra
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-313) and index
Colour, Design and Medieval Optics -- Addressing the Beholder: The Work of Poetic Inscriptions -- Qalahurra of YĆ«suf I: A Case Study of a Tower-Palace -- 'Textile Architecture' in the Cuarto Dorado -- Integrating Aesthetic and Politics: The Mawlid Celebration in the Alhambra
Subject Alhambra (Granada, Spain)
Islam and architecture -- Spain -- Granada
Architectural inscriptions -- Spain -- Granada
Interior architecture -- Spain -- Granada
Granada (Spain) -- Court and courtiers
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