A brief note on the last auctions – Islamic Art Week, Spring 2017, London

The Islamic Art Week that the Bonhams, Sotheby's and Christie's organize twice every year in London is a fixed appointment for me. This year, as always, I followed the auctions and checked what happened in one of the most important events of Islamic art market in the year. And now, I just want to share … Continue reading A brief note on the last auctions – Islamic Art Week, Spring 2017, London

A backward interpretation of the çintamani – one symbol, two origins

Twice a year I follow the auctions of the Islamic Art Week in London: I note down in my agenda the auction dates, browse the online catalogs, take notes on the lots on sale, save on Pinterest my favorites, and I check the final results. I do all this not because I am a collector, … Continue reading A backward interpretation of the çintamani – one symbol, two origins

“The Theory of Islamic Art”, by I. M. Hanash

I. M. Hanash, The Theory of Islamic Art, Aesthetic Concept and Epistemic Structure, The International Institute of Islamic Thought, London - Washington 2017. When dealing with Islamic art, it is good, from time to time, to step back, and look at the bigger picture. Going from the particular - the object studied - to the general - what … Continue reading “The Theory of Islamic Art”, by I. M. Hanash

#IslamicForgeries – Episode 2, part 3 | The Blue Room in Palermo (to sum up)

The last part of the 'episode' on the Blue Room in Palermo. After having narrated how it came to light, and what's in there, it is time now to provide my own interpretation. The least plausible explanation This is the main question: what is this room? According to the two mainstream interpretations, the room is: a. a … Continue reading #IslamicForgeries – Episode 2, part 3 | The Blue Room in Palermo (to sum up)