LENS-ARTISTS CHALLENGE #174 – Shapes and Designs Pt. 2

Patti leads.

Did some say Arabesque? That’s putting it mildly. Though Islamic design style is not the sole representation, it most typifies it. The ‘almost’ total absence of people and animals is described by Wikipedia:

Aniconism is the avoidance of images of sentient beings in some forms of Islamic art. Islamic aniconism stems in part from the prohibition of idolatry and in part from the belief that creation of living forms is God’s prerogative. Although the Quran does not explicitly prohibit visual representation of any living being, it uses the word musawwir (maker of forms, artist) as an epithet of God. The corpus of hadith (sayings attributed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad) contains more explicit prohibitions of images of living beings, challenging painters to “breathe life” into their images and threatening them with punishment on the Day of Judgment.[1][2] Muslims have interpreted these prohibitions in different ways in different times and places. Religious Islamic art has been typically characterized by the absence of figures and extensive use of calligraphicgeometric and abstract floral patterns.”

Here are a few examples from the Alhambra palace and fortress complex in Granada, Andalusia, Spain:

(Zoom zoom ZOOM as best you can.)

Stay well, stay safe, be weird and wonderful, be shapely and designed. 😱😂 Or whatever.

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