The Friday Mosque of Varamin

'From a distance, it resembles a ruined abbey' The Friday Mosque of Varamin is the last monument Byron includes in his account under the 10th October 1933. Byron starts his brief description of the monument comparing it with the Tintern Abbey, in Wales. The only difference, according to Byron, the fact that the mosque 'has … Continue reading The Friday Mosque of Varamin

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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