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Grabar, Oleg

Works: 224 works in 676 publications in 5 languages and 16,696 library holdings
Genres: History  Illustrations  Dictionaries  Sources 
Roles: Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Redactor, Interviewee, Publishing director, Honoree
Classifications: N6260, 709.1767109021
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Most widely held works by Oleg Grabar
Late antiquity : a guide to the postclassical world by G. W Bowersock ( Book )
18 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 1,699 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." "By extending the commonly accepted chronological and territorial boundaries of the period - to encompass Roman, Byzantine, Sassanian, and early Islamic cultures, from the middle of the third century to the end of the eighth - this guide makes new connections and permits revealing comparisons."--Jacket
The formation of Islamic art by Oleg Grabar ( Book )
27 editions published between 1973 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,679 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
Islamic art and architecture 650-1250 by Richard Ettinghausen ( Book )
13 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,265 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."--BOOK JACKET
The Alhambra by Oleg Grabar ( Book )
17 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in English and Danish and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The art and architecture of Islam 650-1250 by Richard Ettinghausen ( Book )
30 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,017 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 )
40 editions published between 1964 and 1967 in English and Armenian and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Dome of the Rock by Said Nuseibeh ( Book )
12 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and French and held by 747 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 shape of the holy : early Islamic Jerusalem by Oleg Grabar ( Book )
10 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Grabar examines this process, showing how it led to great architectural achievements, including The Dome of the Rock, still perhaps the most vivid image to impress any visitor to Jerusalem. Offering a major photographic record of The Dome's mosaics in color together with its interiors, this book shows in rich detail how Islam articulated itself architecturally, touching on historical and legendary memories and on themes of both religious harmony and Islamic triumph
The Dome of the Rock by Oleg Grabar ( Book )
5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 659 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 )
9 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 648 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
The mediation of ornament by Oleg Grabar ( Book )
15 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Masterpieces of Islamic art : the decorated page from the 8th to the 17th century by Oleg Grabar ( Book )
8 editions published in 2009 in English and German and held by 477 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." -- Book jacket
Interpreting late antiquity : essays on the postclassical world ( Book )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The great mosque of Isfahan by Oleg Grabar ( Book )
9 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Epic images and contemporary history : the illustrations of the great Mongol Shahnama by Oleg Grabar ( Book )
7 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Early Islamic art, 650-1100 by Oleg Grabar ( Book )
11 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 330 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
Where heaven and earth meet : Jerusalem's sacred esplanade ( Book )
5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book presents and explains one of the most extraordinary spaces on earth, the large man-made area which occupies the southeastern corner of the walled Old City of Jerusalem and which takes up almost one-sixth of its surface." "This book is an unprecedented endeavor. For the first time an Israeli, a Palestinian, and a Dominican institute of higher learning, all located in Jerusalem, have decided to jointly sponsor a volume dealing with Jerusalem's sacred Esplanade. And, of course, 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, adding up to an authoritative, up-to-date account of the site's history; 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. It contains 216 illustrations, many of them previously unpublished, and 26 plans and maps."--BOOK JACKET
Islamic visual culture, 1100-1800 by Oleg Grabar ( Book )
9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Islamic art and beyond by Oleg Grabar ( Book )
5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Grabar, Oleg Alekseevič 1929-2011
Grabar', Oleg Aleksejevič, 1929-2011
Oleg Grabar
English (264)
French (3)
Danish (2)
German (1)
Armenian (1)