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During the nineteenth century a fascination with the Orient spread across Europe. The landscapes, townscapes and costumes of the Ottoman, Arab and Mogul worlds provided inspiration for painters from Delacroix to Matisse. When expressed in architecture and design, this phenomenon became known as the Moorish Style. In this magnificently illustrated survey, Miles Danby examines the roots of the style in art and architecture throughout the Islamic world, discussing the factors of space, pattern, structure and decoration. Of all the buildings that exemplify this mode, the Alhambra in Granada is perhaps the most important. Expertly recorded by the great nineteenth-century designer Owen Jones, its features became part of the exotic dreams of aesthetes and continued to inspire Western architects during the twentieth century. This book, now available in paperback, is the first to examine this highly distinctive and influential style all the way from its earliest origins to its diverse contemporary manifestations.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714838618
ISBN-10: 0714838616
Format: Paperback
(290mm x 250mm x 25mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » As Victor Hugo once said: 'Spain is half African, Africa is half Asian'. This lavishly illustrated book covers all aspects of style in Mogul India, Turkey and Moorish Spain. It is not surprising that Moorish style still has the power to startle the eye; it inspired painters ranging from Delacroix and Ingres to David Roberts and Matisse. More surprisingly, Orientalism has been used throughout the Western world in Tuscan villas, gentleman's clubs and even in the famous 'Alhambra' cinemas. Moorish Style is fascinating for anyone interested in the Arab world, Spain, and, in particular, Granada. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Miles Danby

Miles Danby, Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Newcastle University, is an architect and lecturer with a special interest in the buildings of developing countries.