Saturday, January 30, 2016

Islamic Art: The Past and Modern, Take II

Interior, the Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain, June 2015. Here one will find an abundance of beautiful and intricate design, use of space and natural lighting. All of these photos I took (except for the fifth, taken by a kindly Samaritan) with a Nikon Coolpix L830 using only natural light. 
Partially restored bathhouse complex looking up. Again, cool use of natural lighting. 
Interior arches and passageway, rather mysterious and waiting for a story.
Exterior doorway with bolt lock. The doors are fantastic throughout Spain and Portugal. Many have a Mudéjar flavor with arabesque designs, some in wood, some in metal, others in ceramic. 
An entirely different outside section of the Alhambra complex. Mi madre (aka Mom) on left.
Throughout the complex, water is collected, channeled and pooled in various ingenious ways that reinforce the Alhambra's overall aesthetic design. A mesmerizing compound of beauty, solace and pragmatism, from which there is much to emulate. 

For a brief overview of Islamic design, see Nuzhat Kazmi's Islamic Art: The Past and Modern (New Delhi: Roli Books, 2011).

Today's Rune: Growth

4 comments:

t said...

oh wow.

Charles Gramlich said...

great pics. The wonderful little touches!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The intricate designs are both beautiful and, to be honest, a little overwhelming. I can't even imagine all the work that went into making these. In fact, I need a nap, just thinking about it.

jodi said...

Erik-Man, you (and Mom!) get around. Love the beauty and intricate nature of the buildings. Happy and safe travels!