Saturday, January 25, 2020

Spanish Mediterranean

Untrimmed version of yesterday' picture.

Reader Greg correctly identified the region where yesterday's image was taken.

Much Moorish influence. Pink stucco walls.

Geometric designs on tiles,

The flourishes on the iron work.

Muslim art rarely/never depicts humans, human forms, animal or floral forms.

The Quran prohibits capturing human images in artwork out of concern that followers will be misled into worshiping graven images. In order to stay on the good side of the mullahs, artisans played it safe and stuck with geometric designs.

As Islamic art evolved, Lefty learned to stick with repetitions of very simple shapes as anything more complicated could be interpreted as "forbidden" objects if stared at long enough.

The artwork shown above is not Moorish.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Readers who are willing to comment make this a better blog. Civil dialog is a valuable thing.