1. Lauren Konstant

    Where the Acanthus Grows: A Study of the Vegetal Motif in Islamic Art and Architecture

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                I will conduct research on the topic of the vegetal motif throughout Islamic art and architecture.  I will begin with a discussion of its role in Byzantine-inspired works by the Islamic art tradition, and end my research by analyzing this motif’s culmination in the arabesque art style.  As I continue my research, I will draw specific examples from the works that we will be visiting in Spain in order to prove the importance and influence these motifs had over the Islamic world. writer essay Abas, S. J. and Amer Shaker Salman. Symmetries of Islamic Geometrical Patterns. New Jersey: World Scientific, 1995. Baer, Eva. Islamic Ornament. New York: New York University Press, 1998. Blair, Sheila and Jonathan Bloom. The Art and Architecture of Islam: 1250-1800. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994. Grabar, Oleg. The Formation of Islamic Art. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1973. Grabar, Oleg. The Mediation of Ornament. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992. Wilson, Eva. Islamic Designs. London: British Museum, 1988. Alhambra, Granada. Stucco decoration in a room of the Nasrid Palace of the Alhambra, Granada. Door within the Palace at the Alhambra, Granada.