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Favourite Art Books

Khalid Mir
 
Art of Islam: Language and Meaning ([World of Islam Festival illustrated series])
Art of Islam: Language and Meaning ([World of Islam Festival illustrated series])
"The definitive book; comprehensive, detailed , and brilliant explanations of the relation between beauty& truth, city &desert, 'jalal' &'jamal'"
The Quranic Art of Calligraphy and Illumination
The Quranic Art of Calligraphy and Illumination
"Superb illustrations of what is a minor art form in the west; a testimony to the power and splendour of aniconism; sumptuous reprints of kufic verses"
Civilisation: A Personal View
Civilisation: A Personal View
"Unsurpassable account of western art, replete with fascinating insights and riddled with an uncanny pessimism. Average illustrations but old world 'rounded' intelligence."
Images of God: The Consolations of Lost Illusions
Images of God: The Consolations of Lost Illusions
"Scintillating, fluid prose; excellent sketches of William Morris, Ruskin, 'taste' and the decline of a common symbolic order; asmall jewel of a book."
Renaissance
Renaissance
"Modern, easy-going analysis with beautiful illustrations; early chapters on humanism and Assisi intriguing; from Venice to the 'Magus of the North', a splendid tapestry of a multi-faceted phenomenon"
The Meaning of Icons
The Meaning of Icons
"Profound meditation on the meaning of sacred art; strong theological slant."
The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change
The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change
"Great analysis of how we got where we are; good historical detail and inter-weaving of the historical, political context with a deep understanding of the works themselves."
Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism
Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism
"Chapter on Jackson Pollock is jumpy, jazzy,  fizzing with energy and open-ended insights."