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Grabar, Oleg

Works: 293 works in 1,001 publications in 11 languages and 18,301 library holdings
Genres: History  Reference works  Essays  Illustrated works  Sources  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, zxx, Redactor, Interviewee, Publishing director, Narrator, Honoree, Translator, Contributor
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The formation of Islamic art by Oleg Grabar( Book )

102 editions published between 1973 and 2008 in 7 languages and held by 2,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Oleg Grabar, in this book of exceptional subtlety and taste, surveys and extends his own important contributions to the study of early Islamic art history and works out an original and imaginative approach to the elusive and complex problems of understanding Islamic art. ... He has given us a stunning example of the creative possibilities that inhere in the tension between the study of concrete materials in accord with a specific discipline and reflection on the meaning of the specific subject for the civilization as a whole."--American Historical Review - back cover
Late antiquity : a guide to the postclassical world by G. W Bowersock( Book )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and French and held by 1,438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In eleven in-depth essays and over 500 encyclopedia entries, an international cast of experts provides essential information and fresh perspectives on the history and culture of an era marked by the rise of two world religions, unprecedented political upheavals that remade the map of the known world, and the creation of art of enduring glory."--Jacket
Islamic art and architecture 650-1250 by Richard Ettinghausen( Book )

22 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in English and held by 1,306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This illustrated book provides an overview of Islamic art and architecture from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries, a time of the formation of a new artistic culture and its first, medieval, flowering in the vast area from the Atlantic to India. Inspired by Ettinghausen and Grabar's original text, this book has been completely rewritten and updated to take into account recent information and methodological advances."--Jacket
The Alhambra by Oleg Grabar( Book )

63 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 1,286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El autor intenta explicar en su obra las razones de que se contruyera este particular monumento en la época en que se hizo y relacionarlo con las tradiciones, tanto islámicas como no-islámicas, de las que deriva
The art and architecture of Islam, 650-1250 by Richard Ettinghausen( Book )

42 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview of Islamic art and architecture from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries, a time of the formation of a new artistic culture and its first, medieval, flowering in the vast area from the Atlantic to India. Inspired by Ettinghausen and Grabar's original text, this book has been completely rewritten and updated to take into account recent information and methodological advances. The volume focuses special attention on the development of numerous regional centers of art in Spain, North Africa, Egypt, Syria, Anatolia, Iraq, and Yemen, as well as the western and northeastern provinces of Iran. It traces the cultural and artistic evolution of such centers in the seminal early Islamic period and examines the wealth of different ways of creating a beautiful environment. The book approaches the arts with new classifications of architecture and architectural decoration, the art of the object, and the art of the book. With many new illustrations, often in color, this volume broadens the picture of Islamic artistic production and discusses objects in a wide range of media, including textiles, ceramics, metal, and wood. The book incorporates extensive accounts of the cultural contexts of the arts and defines the originality of each period. A final chapter explores the impact of Islamic art on the creativity of non-Muslims within the Islamic realm and in areas surrounding the Muslim world
Islamic architecture and its decoration, A.D. 800-1500 : a photographic survey by Derek Hill( Book )

58 editions published between 1964 and 1967 in English and Armenian and held by 852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The shape of the holy : early Islamic Jerusalem by Oleg Grabar( Book )

10 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the time of Herod through the Crusades, Jerusalem had officially "changed its religion" several times, with Jews, Christians, and Muslims inscribing the story of their faiths on the urban landscape. In this handsomely illustrated book, noted Islamist Oleg Grabar offers a rare account of the great role played by early Islam in defining the "look" of Jerusalem that remained largely intact until the twentieth century. From about 640 to 1100, Muslims transformed Christian Jerusalem, mainly the area now known as the Haram al-Sharif, both physically and ideologically to embody their new faith
The mediation of ornament by Oleg Grabar( Book )

23 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this richly illustratcd book Oleg Grabar not only shares a veteran art historian's love for the sheer sensuality of Islamic ornamentation, but also uses this art to show how ornament in general enables a direct, immediate encounter between viewers and art objects from any culture and time period. Based on universal motifs, ornamentation occurs in many artistic traditions, although it seems to reach its most expressive, tangible, and unique form in the art of the Islamic world. Grabar analyzes early and medieval Islamic objects, ranging from recently discovered frontispieces in Yemen to tilework in the Alhambra, and compares them to Western examples, treating all pieces as testimony of the work, life, thought, and emotion experienced in one society. From this discussion ornament emerges as a consistent intermediary between viewers and artistic works throughout time." "Grabar defines ornaments as agents that are not logically necessary to the perception of a visual message but without which the process of understanding would be more difficult - they in fact often draw us into a work by strengthening the pleasure derived from looking at it. A major portion of this book explores four particularly influential forces on the development of ornament: writing (calligraphy), geometry, architecture, and nature. Throughout Grabar seeks to serve admirers of Islamic art as well as readers interested in the ways of perceiving and understanding the arts in general."--Jacket
The Dome of the Rock by Said Nuseibeh( Book )

15 editions published in 1996 in 3 languages and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Dome of the Rock was built in 692 C.E. under the patronage of the Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan. It enshrines the Sacred Rock, literally the irregular highest tip of Mount Moriah, one of the several ridges around which the city of Jerusalem began to develop as early as five thousand years ago. The structure commemorates the Prophet Muhammad's (ca. 570-632) celebrated Night Journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his Ascension through the heavens to visit God, as told in the Koran and the Traditions. As such, the mosque has reflected and represented Islam during most of its history, but it is also associated with sacred events in the lives of Christ, the Virgin, and Christian saints as well as with a host of Jewish prophets, traditions, and memories. Today the Dome of the Rock is used primarily for women's congregational prayer, private prayer, and religious instruction, and as a place of pilgrimage for people of all faiths. This volume is the most detailed and complete visual documentation published to date of this profound monument. Stunning color photography explores the exterior and luxurious interior, illuminated by delicate light from stained glass windows and decorated with veined marble, mosaics, oriental carpets, and porphyry columns. The introduction, by one of today's most esteemed Islamic scholars, explores the history, art, architecture, and cultural and religious significance of the building. The book also includes transcriptions of the earliest-known Koranic script, inscribed on the building's octagonal arcades, historical travelers' accounts of the Dome, maps and drawings, a bibliography and glossary, and an index
The Dome of the Rock by Oleg Grabar( Book )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Dome of the Rock, the beautiful Muslim shrine in the walled Old City of Jerusalem, was fully restored to its original state in the last half-century. Thus, this structure, sited on the third holiest spot on earth for Muslims, is at once a product of the seventh century and almost entirely the work of our own times--a paradox in keeping with the complexities and contradictions of history and religion, architecture and ideology that define this site. -- This book tells the story of the Dome of the Rock, from the first fateful decades of its creation--on the esplanade built in the fourth decade B.C.E. for the Second Jewish Temple--to its engulfment in the clashes of the Crusades and the short-lived Christianization of all of Jerusalem, to its modern acquisition of different and potent meanings for Muslim, Christian, and Jewish cultures. -- Oleg Grabar's presentation combines what we know of the building with the views of past observers and with the broader historical, cultural, and aesthetic implications of the monument. Primarily it is as a work of art that the Dome of the Rock stands out from these pages, understood for the quality that allows it to transcend the constrictions of period and perhaps even those of faith and culture. Finally, Grabar grapples with the question this monumental work of art so eloquently poses: whether the pious requirements of a specific community can be reconciled with universal aesthetic values."
Mostly miniatures : an introduction to Persian painting by Oleg Grabar( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, the renowned historian of Islamic art Oleg Grabar introduces Western audiences to Persian painting, which consists primarily of miniatures illustrating works of literature, but also includes murals and small ceramics decorated with pictures. The masterpieces of this painting have a visual richness that requires the use of the intellect as well as the eye for their appreciation, and Grabar seeks to situate the reader within their world, that of Islamic culture in Iran from the Middle Ages to Modern times. Through a series of chapters on various aspects of Persian painting, he helps us understand its history, the characteristics that define it, and the delights to be discovered in it. Grabar argues that this genre of painting offers a remarkable example of how books are illustrated in general and of how an Iranian secular taste emerged during centuries dominated by religious art. He shows that the peculiarities of its historical background gave rise to specific characteristics: striking colors, dematerialization of space, subtle evocations of emotions, simultaneous lyricism and epic. The qualities of Persian painting created a unique aesthetic mood that is related to Persian poetry and Islamic mysticism. It was only at the beginning of the twentieth century that the Western art world began to discover Persian painting. Inspired by its use of pure geometry and vivid palette, Matisse and Kandinsky were among the first modernists to incorporate attributes of Persian art into their work."--Jacket
Masterpieces of Islamic art : the decorated page from the 8th to the 17th century by Oleg Grabar( Book )

18 editions published in 2009 in 3 languages and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The evolution of book art and painting in the Islamic world is the product of diverse regions and periods. Islamic art flourished in the great cities and centers of learning of the ottoman Turks, the Iranian Qajars, and the later Indian Mughals, spreading across a region that extended from the Atlantic Ocean to China. In this volume, Greg Grabar, a world-renowned specialist on Islamic Art, introduces a wide range of illuminated manuscripts from the 8th to the 17th century, placing them in their temporal and spatial context as well as identifying the main centers of artistic creation. Illuminated manuscripts of the Koran, epic poetry, and scientific works are accompanied by a text explaining the subject, describing it particular visual features, and highlighting its artistic qualities. The working methods of the artists and calligraphers are reconstructed. ... In the book's final section the author turns towards the key moments in history, society, faith, devotion, and other aspects of the Islamic world which are represented in the images."--Jacket
Interpreting late antiquity : essays on the postclassical world( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The era of late antiquity--from the middle of the third century to the end of the eighth--was marked by the rise of two world religions, unprecedented political upheavals that remade the map of the known world, and the creation of art of enduring glory. In these eleven in-depth essays, drawn from the award-winning reference work Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World, an international cast of experts provides essential information and fresh perspectives on this period's culture and history. --provided by publisher
The great mosque of Isfahan by Oleg Grabar( Book )

17 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early Islamic art, 650-1100 by Oleg Grabar( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Early Islamic Art, 650-1100 is the first in a set of four volumes of studies by Oleg Grabar. Between them they bring together more than eighty articles, studies and essays, work spanning half a century. Each volume takes a particular section of the topic, the three subsequent volumes being entitled: Islamic Visual Culture, 1100-1800; Islamic Art and Beyond; and Jerusalem. Reflecting the many incidents of a long academic life, they illustrate one scholar's attempt at making order and sense of 1400 years of artistic growth. They deal with architecture, painting, objects, iconography, theories of art, aesthetics and ornament, and they seek to integrate our knowledge of Islamic art with Islamic culture and history as well as with the global concerns of the History of Art. In addition to the articles selected, each volume contains an introduction which describes, often in highly personal ways, the context in which Grabar's scholarship developed and the people who directed and mentored his efforts. The present volume concentrates primarily on documents provided by archaeology understood in its widest sense, and including the study of texts with reference to monuments or to the contexts of these monuments. The articles included represent major contributions to the understanding of the formative centuries of Islamic art, focusing on the Umayyad (661-750) and Fatimid (969-1171) dynasties in Greater Syria and in Egypt, and on the Mediterranean or Iranian antecedents of early Islamic art. Historical, cultural, and religious themes, including the role of court ceremonies, the growth of cities, and the importance of the Qur'an, are introduced to help explain how a new art was formed in the central lands of the Near East and how its language can be retrieved from visual or written sources"--Publisher's website
Epic images and contemporary history : the illustrations of the great Mongol Shahnama by Oleg Grabar( Book )

10 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where heaven and earth meet : Jerusalem's sacred esplanade( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most extraordinary spaces on earth, Jerusalem's Esplanade has been regarded as sacred for about three millennia. For Judaism, it is the holiest space, where the Solomonic and Herodian Temples once stood and where, in the messianic age, the Temple is to be rebuilt at God's behest. For Christendom, it is the site of the Herodian Temple, which Jesus repeatedly visited, foretelling its destruction and announcing the advent of a new, spiritual worship of God. For Islam, it is the holy space to which the Prophet Muhammad travelled on his mystical Night-Journey and Ascension, and which holds the Dome of the Rock and the Aqsa Mosque. "Where Heaven and Earth Meet" is an unprecedented endeavour. For the first time, an Israeli, a Palestinian, and a Dominican institute of higher learning, all located in Jerusalem, have jointly sponsored a volume dealing with Jerusalem's sacred Esplanade - not only with its monuments, but also with the conflicting emotions they have aroused over the ages and with the passions they ignite today. The book contains eleven articles written by leading experts on the various periods, which add up to an authoritative, up-to-date account of the site's history; as well as five thematic essays, ranging from the site considered as a work of art to its roles in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim thought; a photographic dossier; and, three personal views by the presidents of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Al-Quds University, as well as by Carlo Maria Cardinal Martini
Islamic visual culture, 1100-1800 by Oleg Grabar( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 25 previously published articles collected in this volume (the second of three) present an easily accessible means to the work of Grabar, one of the founders of the study of Islamic art, archaeology, and architecture in the US. Grabar, for decades at Harvard and now at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, has contributed an introduction th
Amy Goldin papers by Amy Goldin( )

in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Biographical and personal documents; personal and professional correspondence; a sketchbook, 1946; personal photographs and photographs of works of art; files for her publication "Art for Young America"; writings on Islamic art, contemporary art, and other art-related subjects; a bibliography of her writings; notebooks, notecards, and notes; teaching exams; and printed papers and articles by Goldin. Among the correspondents are Oleg Grabar and Robert Duncan
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Late antiquity : a guide to the postclassical world
Alternative Names
Grabar, Oleg 1924-

Grabar, Oleg Alekseevič 1929-2011

Grabar', Oleg Aleksejevič 1929-2011

Oleg Grabar

Oleg Grabar American art historian

Oleg Grabar Amerikan sanat tarihçisi

Oleg Grabar Frans kunsthistoricus (1929-2011)

Oleg Grabar französischer Kunsthistoriker und Archäologe

Oleg Grabar historiador del arte estadounidense

Oleg Grabar historien de l'art américain

אולג גרבר

אולג גרבר היסטוריון אמנות אמריקאי

أوليغ غرابار

أوليغ غرابار مؤرخ فن أمريكي

اولگ گرابر


Late antiquity : a guide to the postclassical worldIslamic art and architecture 650-1250The art and architecture of Islam, 650-1250The shape of the holy : early Islamic JerusalemThe mediation of ornamentThe Dome of the RockThe Dome of the RockMostly miniatures : an introduction to Persian painting