This shot is taken from inside of a mosque. The window here is decorated with Arabesque design carvings.
The Islamic arabesque is a development of the Late Antique and Byzantine types of scrolling vegetal decoration that were inherited by Islam, and used with relatively little change in early Islamic art, for example in the famous 8th century mosaics of the Great Mosque of Damascus. The plants most often used are stylized versions of the acanthus, with its emphasis on leafy forms, and the vine, with an equal emphasis on twining stems. The evolution of these forms into a distinctive Islamic type was complete by the 11th century, having begun in the 8th or 9th century in works like the Mshatta Facade. Thereafter it was used very widely across the Islamic world, by no means just in Arabic-speaking areas, in many media for several centuries, and developed further. In the process of development the plant forms became increasing simplified and stylized. Though the broad outline of the process is generally agreed, there is a considerable diversity of views held by specialist scholars on detailed issues concerning the development, categorization and meaning of the arabesque. The detailed study of Islamic arabesque forms was begun by Alois Riegl in his formalist study Stilfragen: Grundlegungen zu einer Geschichte der Ornamentik (Problems of style: foundations for a history of ornament) of 1893, who in the process developed his influential concept of the Kunstwollen. Riegl traced formalistic continuity and development in decorative plant forms from Ancient Egyptian art and other ancient Near Eastern civilizations through the classical world to the Islamic arabesque; while the Kunstwollen has few followers today, his basic analysis of the development of forms has been confirmed and refined by the wider corpus of examples known today. Jessica Rawson has recently extended the analysis to cover Chinese art, which Riegl did not cover, tracing many elements of Chinese decoration back to the same tradition; the shared background helping to make the assimilation of Chinese motifs into Persian art after the Mongol invasion harmonious and productive.
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jusninasirun (17162) 2012-04-25 5:15
Ha ha.... this is a well captured image of a mosque by the sea. The flying gull and that Islamic motif design are perfect against the beautiful sky. Great framing and beautifully written note in this upload.
Thanks and sweet dream my friend.
Miguel82 (26541) 2012-04-25 5:20
A beautiful window
good pov and sharpness
Nicou (129967) 2012-04-25 5:37
Très belle compo et iamge superbe vue quel arche avec ce grillage qui fait un beau dessin dans le ciel avec l'oiseau qui passe une emrveille.
bravo et amitié
ciakgiak (30423) 2012-04-25 13:44
la grata decorata della finestra crea un bellissimo effetto grafico e lascia intravedere un paesaggio molto bello, con nuvole molto interessanti.
L'uccello è la ciliegina sulla torta di una gran bella foto.
Un caro saluto.
kato (11630) 2012-04-25 15:00
You're capturing well this scene by good tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see Mosque's window with graphical design and Arabesque shape. And, you're catching the outside from an interesting angle, too. Blue sky with clouds harmonizes well with this window.
Have a nice day.
pierrefonds (60320) 2012-04-25 15:29
Using the window to frame the scene is a good idea. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the arabesque design carvings. The afternoon light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
agulberk (3794) 2012-04-25 18:44
Salam My Friend Foozi
Very nice captured a free bird that flies freely in the sky with dramatic clouds. I liked your point of perspective from a window whic has very impressive spritual designs of your traditional art work.
ThaNks for sharing
ChrisJ (104127) 2012-04-25 20:08
Maybe a slight clockwise rotation is required here, but I really like the graphism of that solitary bird against the white bg cloud. Wonderful repetition of geometric patterns & shapes in the silhouetted architecture with impeccable sharpness and a nice low horizon line. Tfs!
Sonata11 (33697) 2012-04-25 21:04
very nice shot of fabulous window decorated and scene in the BG against beautiful sky . An excellent framing with great POV and DOF too. Fantastic photo job with great result. Thanks for sharing. Like it. Wonderful picture.
All the best,
danos (90257) 2012-04-26 0:29
nice the view of the sky as the land too,through out the Mosque.I like the dark of the frame of the window with the flying bird to adds life in the image.Excellent the light and the colour management of the imahge
abmdsudi (46836) 2012-04-26 8:04
A nice piece of art work, well built and love the nice shadows and contrast againsts the sky highlighting the delicate repeating geometrical patterns. This makes this image stand out and every detail, the tones as well the depth. The wonderful cloud and the bird in mid air are added value. Good quality image, a fine structural shape well taken with excelent notes. Excellent photo work! Congrats. TFS
- Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) (7101)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-28
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma AF 10-20mm
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-25 5:12