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Space outside Time (An Attempt on the Research of Islamic Art)

Author(s): Tatjana Starodubcev
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: The article examines the problem of the specific interrelation space - time in Islamic art. In plastic arts, where time is absent as a form-generating factor, space is expressed in a two-dimension interpretation of the forms, in conscious rejection of depth and perspective. This means rejection of the third dimension, which is so common for the eyes of the European; a dimension, which gives volume and adapts the work of art to its real spatial environment. In Islamic art the very notion of plasticity is not connected to modeling the volume, which presupposes three-dimensional characteristics. It is rather connected to the artistic transformation of the flat surface - facade, wall paneling, cover or page of a book, canvas of a picture or carpet. The two-dimensional structuring corresponds to the abstract, mathematical way of spatial thinking, which is typical of the Arabs and which finds a bright expression in the wide application of Geometry in various spheres of artistic creation.

  • Issue Year: XXIX/2003
  • Issue No: 2-3
  • Page Range: 7-16
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Bulgarian