Florence & Baghdad: Renaissance Art and Arab Science

Florence Baghdad Renaissance Art and Arab Science The theory of perspective which allowed Florentine artists to depict the world from a spectator s point of view originated in Baghdad with an eleventh century mathematician Using the metaphor of the

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  • Title: Florence & Baghdad: Renaissance Art and Arab Science
  • Author: Hans Belting Deborah Lucas Schneider
  • ISBN: 9780674050044
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The theory of perspective, which allowed Florentine artists to depict the world from a spectator s point of view, originated in Baghdad with an eleventh century mathematician Using the metaphor of the mutual gaze, Belting narrates the encounter between science and art, Arab Baghdad and Renaissance Florence, that revolutionized Western culture In the Islamic world, whereThe theory of perspective, which allowed Florentine artists to depict the world from a spectator s point of view, originated in Baghdad with an eleventh century mathematician Using the metaphor of the mutual gaze, Belting narrates the encounter between science and art, Arab Baghdad and Renaissance Florence, that revolutionized Western culture In the Islamic world, where theology and the visual arts remained closely intertwined, the science of perspective did not become the cornerstone of Islamic art Florence and Baghdad addresses a provocative question that reaches beyond the realm of aesthetics and mathematics What happens when Muslims and Christians look upon each other and find their way of viewing the world transformed as a result

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    1. I don't know very much at all about art or art history (or optics for that matter), but from a layman's perspective I thought that this was a really fascinating book and it changed the way that thought about art in a couple of ways.Belting's main focus is the the place of linear perspective in western art and it's indebtedness to Arab science, particularly the 10th/11th century scientist Ibn al-Haithan (known in Europe as Alhazen). Perspective, originally a scientific theory, was translated into [...]

    2. perspektif meselesine dair müthiş bir kitap. konu ve yöntem itibariyle bilim tarihi, sanat tarihi, kültür tarihi gibi alanları kapsıyor. tüm bunlara uzanabilmek büyük başarı. konularını çok iyi işlemiş. doğu bahsi ister istemez kısa kalıyor ama ibn heysem'e yaptığı yakın okumayı çok kıymetli buldum.

    3. A nice example of comparative history taking two familiar topic areas - the history of optics during the Arab 11th century, and the invention of perspective in Renaissance Italy two to three centuries later - and bringing them together in a way that puts both subjects in a new 'perspective.' The crux of the comparison is the image, or picture, and why it emerged as the focus of Italian art in the 14th century, but not in the Muslim world. Already this language does not do justice to Belting's pr [...]

    4. Belting verknüpft Kunstgeschichte mit einer Theorie des Sehens. Er erklärt, dass im Westen und Osten der Welt anders gesehen wird. Während sich der Westen rasch auf "Bilder" konzentrierte, arbeitete die Kunst des Orients mit Geometrie und Schrift. Er beschreibt wie Alhazen seine neuen optischen Erkenntnisse entwickelte, ohne die der Westen die Theorie der Perspektive nicht hätte erfinden können. Ein interessantes und lesenswertes Buch!

    5. A bit long winded and, at times, repetitive but some very detailed and intriguing research on Islamic mathematics and Western painting tradition.

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