Monday, June 5, 2017

Tracking Arab influence and Islamic art in Italy, an Al Arabiya journey

By Francesca Astorri
A visitor arrives at the exhibition “Art of the Islamic Civilization: The al-Sabah Collection” at the Scuderie del Quirinale museum in Rome on July 24, 2015. (AFP)
When it comes to art, Italy is considered a top destination, but the Arab influence on the Italian artistic production is often underestimated. This is a mistake: we now show you why. Islamic art and Arab architecture are all over the Italian territory from South to North, from Palermo to Venice. Moving to contemporary art, this year several Arab countries will be participating with their works of art to the most important art fair hosted by Venice, the Biennale di Venezia. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Lebanon and other Arab countries will have their pavilions at the 57th edition of Venice’s Biennale...till November 26. Perfect timing for Eid holiday this year. [More]
A woman looks at a rope and cooper life-size reproduction of the ceiling of the Palatine Chapel in Palermo (sec XII, designed by Muslim craftsmen for King Ruggero II, at “Islam in Sicily” exhibition on July 11, 2002. (Reuters)