This course provides a thematic chronological survey of Islamic book arts, drawing on both visual traditions and key texts. Starting with early Qur'ans, we move to illustrated manuscripts, portraiture, and albums in the medieval and early modern periods, including several examples from Sydney's collections, and end with the shift to print cultures in the 19th century. Throughout this chronological overview, we explore themes and questions such as patronage, authorship, workshop practices, word-image relations, sensory experience, audience, transmission, connections with other media and manuscript cultures, as well as the collecting and display of works-on-paper in museums.
2hr lecture/week, 1hr tutorial/week
1x2500wd essay or research project (60%), 1x1000wd Tutorial paper (20%), 1x1000wd equivalent oral presentation on an object (20%)
12 credit points at 2000 level in Art History