Themes in Art


Calligraphy is the art of writing expressively by hand. Usually performed with a brush or pen, the legibility of the written word is often less important than creating beautiful forms and capturing graceful movements of the hand. Calligraphic traditions exist all over the world and their specific techniques, values, and aesthetic goals are a gold mine for understanding the cultures that developed them.

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A Sheep and Goat, Zhao Mengfu

A Sheep and Goat Zhao Mengfu, 1300

Bowl with Arabic Proverb, Islamic Dynastic Art

Bowl with Arabic Proverb 1000

Dwelling in the Qingbian Mountains, Wang Meng

Dwelling in the Qingbian Mountains Wang Meng, 1366

Experiment with Calligraphy, Saloua Raouda Choucair

Experiment with Calligraphy Saloua Raouda Choucair, 1949

Fishing in Reclusion at Cha-hsi, Wang Meng

Fishing in Reclusion at Cha-hsi Wang Meng, 1370

Forest Grotto in Juqu, Wang Meng

Forest Grotto in Juqu Wang Meng, 1370

Kufic Script from a Qur'an, Islamic Dynastic Art

Kufic Script from a Qur'an 900CE

Nasta'liq Calligraphy, Bichitr

Nasta'liq Calligraphy Bichitr, 1640

Ode on the Red Cliff and Portrait of Su Shi, Zhao Mengfu

Ode on the Red Cliff and Portrait of Su Shi Zhao Mengfu, 1300

Poem Written in a Boat on the Wu River, Song Dynasty

Poem Written in a Boat on the Wu River 1100

Qur'an leaf in Kufic script, Islamic Dynastic Art

Qur'an leaf in Kufic script 900CE

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