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AP® Art History (vol. 1)
nos. 1 – 47
AP® Art History (vol. 2)
AP® Art History (vol. 3)
nos. 99 – 152
AP® Art History (vol. 4)
nos. 153 – 191
AP® Art History (vol. 5)
nos. 192 – 250
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Alexander, the Mongols, and the great epic of Iran.
Folio from a
, The Bier of ...
In this hunting scene from the Persian Book of Kings, the ruler Bahram lives up to his nickname “Gur,” or swift.
Bahram Gur Fights the Karg (Horned Wolf)
Vessels like this one were typically decorated with calligraphy, but a procession of figures is featured here.
Mohammed ibn al-Zain, Basin (
Baptistère de Saint
This prayer niche once pointed students towards Mecca. Its blue and white patterns comprise verses from the Qur’an.
Mihrab from Isfahan (Iran)
These stucco statues, with vivid costumes and distinctive round faces, may once have guarded a grand hall.
Two Royal Figures (Saljuq period)
Made for a Christian ruler by Islamic artisans, this cloak is full of Islamic motifs and cosmological references.
The Islamic world turned writing into an art, but it’s the decoration, not the script, that sets these folios apart.
These two paintings illustrate the same story, but in different styles—as rulers changed, so did tastes for art.
Bahram Gur in a Peasant’s House
This city within a city is famed for its three highly decorative palaces and their equally elaborate gardens.
Once painted and gilded, this panel was part of a larger frieze bearing commemorative Kufic inscriptions.
Dado Panel, Courtyard of the Royal Palace ...
This florid box, designed to hold cosmetics, attests to the rich ivory carving tradition of Islamic Spain.
Pyxis of al-Mughira
The lavish materials used for this manuscript convey both its patron’s wealth and the sacred text’s dignity.
Folio from a Qur’an
This sprawling and magnificent mosque, in Iran, has been an integral part of the city’s fabric for centuries.
The Great Mosque (or Masjid-e Jameh) of ...
New rulers emerged, and with them, distinctive styles of art. This period saw a renaissance in the decorative arts.
Arts of the Islamic world: The medieval ...
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