Islamic Art

Most everyone is familiar with geometry and patterns.  The above image by Richard Henry is included here to give some mathematical frame of reference.  The artistic emphasis of these ideas gained prominence due to certain religious rules in Islamic religious texts forbidding the portrayal of human forms in worship.  Additionally, the advanced mathematical discoveries in the middle east brought about some wonder toward the patterns of these ideas.  The underlying message in such geometries, within the Islamic context, is the infinite and natural power of God.  It is important to note that ideas like zero, our decimal counting system, and algebra originated from India and the middle east.  Arabic calligraphy is also similarly celebrated and made the subject of  many past and current Islamic art.  


The domes of Rome: 1 Pantheon, 126 AD 2 Santa Maria di Loreto, 1507-1582, architect Antonio da Sangallo d.Y. & Giacomo del Duca. 3 Moschea di Roma, 1984-94, architects Paolo Portoghesi, Vittorio Gigliotti, Sami Mousawi.

Teaser from the newly published book Roma Rotunda by Berlin-based graphic designer and photographer Jakob Straub. Including a 18-meter long, large-format accordion-fold. More to see: Hatje Cantz