I grew up in Delhi which is not only the capital of present day India and the capital during the later half of British rule, was also the seat of several Islamic empires, grand and small, during the medieval times. The neighborhood where I spent my childhood and early adulthood, I was surrounded by the monuments of that era from grand and small mosques to tombs of sultans and emperors. My awareness of the splendor of these historical remains grew into deep appreciation in college where I majored in Indian History at both undergraduate and graduate level. And I never lost that love. Next to Asian art, Islamic art is my most favorite section in any museum.
When Istanbul, Turkey was chosen as the place to view and paint for this month's challenge at the Virtual Paintout, I was excited. Istanbul offers plenty of subjects to paint and I chose to paint one of the distinctive Islamic architectural features, arched lattice stone window, known as jhali. The building itself is pretty drab but I liked the windows.
Below are some beautiful examples of Islamic art and architecture from various American museums. Enjoy. (Photography by Indira Govindan.)
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