Miles Danby Moorish Style

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Moorish Style

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During the nineteenth century a fascination with the Orient spread across Europe. The landscapes, townscapes and costumes of the Ottoman, Arab and Mogul worlds provided inspiration for painters from Delacroix to Matisse. When expressed in architecture and design, this phenomenon became known as the Moorish Style. In this magnificently illustrated survey, Miles Danby examines the roots of the style in art and architecture throughout the Islamic world, discussing the factors of space, pattern, structure and decoration. Of all the buildings that exemplify this mode, the Alhambra in Granada is perhaps the most important. Expertly recorded by the great nineteenth-century designer Owen Jones, its features became part of the exotic dreams of aesthetes and continued to inspire Western architects during the twentieth century. This book, now available in paperback, is the first to examine this highly distinctive and influential style all the way from its earliest origins to its diverse contemporary manifestations.

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Presenting images of the architecture and decorative arts of the Islamic world, particularly Moorish Spain, this volume shows how it acted as an inspiration for designers and architects in the 19th- and 20th-centuries in Europe and America. It explains the development and characteristic elements of Islamic art and architecture through the buildings of mosques, the medium of calligraphy and pattern and through the handling of materials as diverse as ceramic, wood and stone.

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Miles Danby, Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Newcastle University, is an architect and lecturer with a special interest in the buildings of developing countries.

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