Pencil shaped minarets, domed mosques, vibrantly colored tiles with tulips and arabesques, and grand manuscripts enlivened with miniatures. These are just a few examples of the rich and varied Ottoman artistic heritage.
In this lecture we look at the imagination and symbolism in the rich Islamic art history. Landscapes and water play an important role. Paradise for instance is symbolized as an ever-blooming garden with four rivers as described in the Koran. The first lecture of 2020 will be a journey into the fascinating world of Islamic Art.
Dr. L.E.M. (Luit) Mols studied Arabic at Leiden University and Islamic art at Oxford University. She has been teaching Islamic art since 1995 (currently at the University of Amsterdam), and works as a guest curator and publicist. She is also a part-time curator for Middle East, West and Central Asia at Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden.
The lecture starts at 20.00 pm; premises opens at 19.30 pm; De Warenar Kerkstraat 75, 2242 HE, Wassenaar. Entrance (non-members): € 13, – (Cash payments preferred or a tikkie). A membership (8 lectures, free entrance; and other activities) is € 65,- per year and € 120,- for a couple. The website is: theartssocietythehague.org
Photo: The Eşrefoğlu Mosque in Beyşehir, Turkey.