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[teacherartexchange] Selections of Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Calligraphy

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From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Dec 19 2006 - 10:12:27 PST


Dear Art Educators,

Some of you might find this online presentation of calligraphy interesting.
This is from Scout Report.

13. Selections of Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Calligraphy
http://international.loc.gov/intldl/apochtml/apochome.html

As part of its developing Global Gateway (a group of various digital
materials of international interest) the Library of Congress presents this
collection of 355 Arabic calligraphy sheets, ranging from the 9th to the
19th centuries, that includes many examples of calligraphic art: illuminated
panels, albums, and poems, as well as Qur'anic calligraphic fragments. Even
those who cannot understand the text of these manuscripts will appreciate
their beauty when displayed on a computer screen. Visitors are invited to
browse the collection by calligrapher, title or subject. In addition,
several in-depth essays are provided that are especially helpful to those
unfamiliar with this body of work. For example, "Calligraphers of the
Persian Tradition" describes the work of a handful of prominent
calligraphers, while the "Noteworthy Items" essay highlights particularly
important or unique items in the collection. [review by Debra Shapiro]

Copyright Scout Report 2006.

You might also want to check out Islamic Manuscripts from Mali:
http://memory.loc.gov/intldl/malihtml/malihome.html

More from African and Middle Eastern Reading Room:
http://www.loc.gov/rr/amed/

Regards,

Judy Decker

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