Registration for this particular class is closed. Islamic Art: Historical to Contemporary

The registration for Islamic Art course is closed. 

Course Description

This course is destined for anyone interested in understanding the trajectory of Islamic art from its formation in the first / seventh century to the fifteenth / twenty-first century. The basic characteristics of Islamic art and architecture will be surveyed, while influences from the decorative vocabulary of Late Antiquity, Byzantium and the Sassanid Empire on Early Islamic artefacts will be highlighted. Emphasis will be given to the arts of the Quran, calligraphy and manuscript illumination. Moreover, the evolution of Islamic metalwork and ceramic production will be presented. Textiles produced from areas as distanced as Spain, Egypt, Turkey and Khurasan will also be extensively discussed.  One more lecture will be dedicated to the most impressive examples of Islamic glassware and their manufacture. The ways, in which Islamic art came to the focus of international scholarship, the first exhibitions on the subject and the formation of the most important collections will also be analysed. During the last days of the course emphasis will be placed on contemporary Islamic art and its place in the world art market and museum collections.


Entry requirements

Good level of English language (no translation will be provided).
Previous art related experience or education is not required.


Lecturer: Maria Sardi
Dates: 14-19th November 2015 

Day 1, Saturday, 14th November, 12.00 - 17.30 (5 hours + 45 minutes break)

Day 2, Sunday, 15th November, 18.30 - 21.45 (3 hours + 15 minutes break)

Day 3, Monday, 16th November, 18.30 - 21.45 (3 hours + 15 minutes break)

Day 4, Tuesday, 17th November, 18.30 - 21.45 (3 hours + 15 minutes break)

Day 5, Wednesday, 18th November, 18.30 - 21.45 (3 hours + 15 minutes break)

Day 6, Thursday, 19th November, 18.30 - 21.45 (3 hours + 15 minutes break)

(at 10 am there will be an Art Network Business Breakfast in Al Quoz, that is optional to attend) 

Day 7, Friday, 20th November, 11.00 - 16.30 there will be a guided tour to Abu Dhabi Art Fair and Saadiyat Museums, that is also optional to attend

Venue: Salsali Private Museum, Al Quoz

Enrollment Fee:  693 USD  

The registration for Islamic Art course is closed. 

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