Islamic History Illustrated - the Golden Age - mainly daily life in the golden era -- Oil on canvas & Water color.
(Selections Muslim Villa).
www.muslimvilla.smfforfree.com -- Please Note :: There are some false/vulgar depictions of the Muslim culture in various paintings by European & American artists mixing up the vastly different eastern cultures from Morocco to China in their works. Some indulged in propaganda. All Such works are excluded here. Artist Adam Styka is most outrageous.
Algeria 19th century. Gorgeous medieval courtyard home - where rippling fountains, peacocks & plantains were the traditional breathtaking natural decor - shows two girls enjoy their playtime. Courtyard homes in middle ages were emblems of family unity in Muslim society. Courtyard residences served as spacious family & extended family homes for 3, 4 or 5 generations at a stretch. Some still exist in Syria and Iraq. Many destroyed by wars, occupations. Art Belge van Jules Van…
Ladies of leisure relaxing in the veranda. These aren't rich ladies, just the middle class in Algeria mid 1800s. Yet look at the gorgeous veranda. Today in the West only the very wealthy could afford such spacious styles. Artist Rudolf Ernst.
Ašikovanje. Ottoman Balkans, middle ages. Muslim women in Ottoman era had more power than men in courting. The lady would stand behind a latticed window & speak to the man, culture called Ašikovanje common among middle class. The hidden lady was advantaged. She could talk and see the man & decide if he was suitable for her as future husband. The man was deprived of direct visual contact. Men heard of a woman's beauty & conduct through other women who had met or seen her.
A boys' school in Turkey, Ottoman era. Art Osman Hamdi Bey.