First Wednesday Art Talk – Facing Mecca: Reflections of Islam in Art
Facing Mecca: Reflections of Islam in Art
Islam has been an important cultural force in much of Asia for more than 500 years, and in some parts for more than a thousand inspiring a variety of sacred art, but the scope extends far beyond religious objects into the secular and cultural realms. The visual arts play an important role in Muslim societies. Architecture, painting, metalworking, textiles, and ceramics have reached heights of beauty and sophistication admired around the world and calligraphy became the most highly regarded art form in West Asia. In all the areas Islam has spread, local artists have created art reflecting both this new faith and the pre-Islamic traditions of the region. Be fascinated by the variety and scope of art inspired by Islam- not just the religion, but also the Muslim culture and secular pursuits.
Asian Art Museum Docent, Steve ZIlles
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First Wednesday Art Talks are provided by Friends of the San Rafael Libraries.