Arab Painting (Handbook of Oriental Studies Handbuch Der by Contadini, A.

Arab Painting (Handbook of Oriental Studies Handbuch Der by Contadini, A.

By Contadini, A.

Arab portray is taken care of right here as an important creative corpus in its personal correct. Rejecting the conventional emphasis on person work, the prestigious participants to this quantity pressure the combination of textual content and snapshot as a extra efficient theoretical framework.

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The picture is framed by trees and two slaves, one of whom tills the soil, while the other bears the wine vessel. 73 In similar fashion, the Kitāb al-diryāq’s two final anecdotes demonstrate the usefulness of snakes against venomous bites and stings, as well as ingested poisons. Andromachus the Younger is depicted only in the first of each set of three illustrations (for example, Fig. 9). 74 The foregoing typology shows that several pictorial modes were used in the illustration of the Kitāb al-diryāq.

I shall return to the question of how and why such ‘missing links’ were important in the historiography of the last century, but the weakness of the argument of a missing link fully emerges as one tries to imagine the operation of an atelier that would have tried to balance one tradition with the other. Some master mind would have decided that elephants are to be done in ‘Arab’ style, while varieties of deer are in Chinese. And other equally silly constructions of a process of creation are possible.

15 For a fuller discussion of its iconography, see Kerner 2004, pp. 207–22. The double frontispiece is reproduced in Farès 1953a, pls. ’ A colour reproduction is also found in Bibliothèque Nationale de France 2001, p. 112. 9 cm, excluding the binding, which is not original to the manuscript. Its margins were trimmed at some point in its history, as evidenced by losses of marginal illumination. The first folio is missing. Folios 2–25 comprise the Kitāb al-sumūm of Shānāq; the Kitāb al-diryāq fills folios 26–73.

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