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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  Feb 25, 2018
Academic Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HART325 Palaces,Pavilions and Gardens 3cr.

Much of Islamic art is inspired by ideas of paradise. This course will explore the image of paradise and its models in Islamic arts from the 8th through 18th centuries. Islamic palace and garden complexes such as the Alhambra, the Taj Mahal, Topkapi, and others will be examined, as well as paradisical themes in Islamic portable arts, color theory, and abstract geometries. The historical origins of Muslim paradise iconography will be investigated, including the role of Qur’anic and other early Islamic texts, and the ancient garden traditions of Persia, Rome, and Byzantium.

Prerequisites: HART100

Culturally Diverse
Undergraduate Elective