The Rhythm of the Pen and the Art of the Book: Islamic Calligraphy
ed. Andrew Butler-Wheelhouse 2017
300 x 245 mm; paperback
128 pages, 100 colour illustrations
Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Sam Fogg Gallery from October 5 - November 10, 2017.
This lavishly illustrated volume takes the reader through a journey of some six centuries of development of the refined arts of calligraphy and illumination in the Islamic world. Much has been written on the dawn and early stages of the development of Arabic script and the position of calligraphy as an art form within Islamic civilization. This catalogue seeks to follow this story further into the golden age of Islamic calligraphy and its appreciation and patronage as the chief form of artistic expression from Islamic Spain to China.
The works of art carefully selected for this catalogue, which accompanies an exhibition at the Sam Fogg gallery in London, follow the impact of the introduction of paper into the Islamic world and its effect on both the quality and the scope of the calligraphic art form.