The Islamic Influence on the Italian Renaissance

Nearing the end of its run at the Getty. Glass and ceramics are called the “arts of fire” because of the heat needed to create them. Getty curator Catherine Hess explains (in a video clip) how the exhibit was born from the realization that Islamic art forms and the technology used for their development were “entirely responsible” for the development of glass and luster painted ceramics in Renaissance Italy.

The earliest objects in the show date from 9th century and originated in Syria and Iraq where the technologies of ancient Egypt and Rome were rediscovered. The exhibit follows how these objects were imported into Italy and how Italian craftsman learned to duplicate the technology and create their own unique objects in ceramics and glass.


~ by suntravel on July 27, 2007.

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