'Momentum' at The Curve, Barbican Centre © Bethany Clark/Getty Images
Courtesy Barbican Art Gallery
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'Momentum' at The Curve, Barbican Centre © Bethany Clark/Getty Images
Courtesy Barbican Art Gallery

Art & Science and the beauty of the pendulum

Imagine stepping into an immersive alien environment, your senses heightened, flipping through your mental memory-files trying to make sense of the space and time to which you have been transported…. a vast, dark arc curving away into the distance, animated only by inexplicable pools of light dancing in sequence in a serried row, accompanied by … Continue reading

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More than the Colour Red at Visions of Enchantment, Cambridge University

On the 17th March I gave a paper called More than the Colour Red: The unspoken symbolism of cinnabar pigment in Indian painting at a fascinating conference hosted at the University of Cambridge, entitled Visions of Enchantment: Occultism, Spirituality and Visual Culture. The conference was a collaboration between the Department of the History of Art … Continue reading

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Strange Creatures in the Margins

As I briefly mentioned the art of marginal design as one of the arts of Islamic manuscript production in my previous post, I thought I would share a few details from a very special commission I undertook. These kinds of images were very popular in royal Safavid and Mughal manuscripts between the 16th and 18th … Continue reading

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Ahmed Fares writing the Bismillah with pure gold ink

Working with a Calligrapher in Cairo

Examining and re-creating an historical manuscript page is one of the best ways to understand the processes that went into its making, and one that I have employed several times in the course of my research (see an example of this approach in my paper “A visual analysis of  the opening illuminated pages of a … Continue reading

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Mamluk illumination

Preserving treasures in Cairo’s National Library and Archives

Update 23 Feb 2014: Thankfully the conservation staff at the National Library and Archives and the team at Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation have managed to save all the manuscripts that were on display, though the building itself has suffered some damage. Elena Chardakliyska from the Foundation has written an excellent and comprehensive article about the library … Continue reading

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Filming in the Crypt

In my previous post I wrote about the location for our filming session, the Crypt of St. Pancras Parish Church  : “I decided to use this magnificent space as a fitting location for filming ….. The extensive labyrinth of catacombs and vaults extends beneath the entire structure of the church, offering intriguing vistas of brick-built … Continue reading

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