Video: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World

by Media Desk Published on: 12th March 2020

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Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World shows audiences nine countries (Egypt, Israel, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Iran, Spain, Mali and India) and over 1,400 years of history. It presents the stories behind many well-known works of Islamic Art and Architecture.

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World is a PBS documentary film that showcases the variety and diversity of Islamic art.  It discusses Islamic culture and its role in the rise of world civilization over the centuries. It was produced in 2011 by Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe of Unity Productions Foundation.

The film is narrated by Susan Sarandon, informs its audience about Islamic art, from ornamented palaces and mosques to ceramics, carved boxes, paintings and metalwork. It compares the artistic heritage of the West and East. The film also examines Islamic calligraphy and the use of water as an artform

  • Mohammad Al-Asad – Jordanian architect and architectural historian, and the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Built Environment in Amman
  • Sheila S. Blair – Norma Jean Calderwood Co-Chair Of Islamic and Asian Art, Boston College
  • Jonathan M. Bloom – Norma Jean Calderwood Co-Chair Of Islamic and Asian Art, Boston College
  • Afshan Bokhari – Assistant Professor of Art History, Suffolk University
  • Oleg Grabar (1929–2011) – Art historian and archaeologist.
  • Ruba Kana’an – Specialist in Islamic art, the urban histories of pre-modern Muslim societies, and the interface between art and law in Muslim contexts
  • Amy Landau – Associate Curator of Islamic Art and Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum
  • Roderick J. McIntosh – Professor of Anthropology at Yale University
  • D. Fairchild Ruggles – Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and Co-Director of the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage and Museum Practices at Illinois.
  • Gary Vikan – Director of the Walters Art Museum
  • Kjeld Von Folsach – Director of the David Collection in Copenhagen
  • Mohammed Zakariya – Muslim convert and master Arabic calligrapher

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