Art

Kathy LaTourrette: The Religion of Peace

Kathy LaTourrette: The Religion of Peace

The artwork I have chosen to represent art for peace is by the artist Jean Jullien.  After the Paris attacks, he created the Peace for Paris symbol which quickly went viral and became widely used throughout the world.  The symbol is simple, a peace sign with the inside Y replaced with the Eiffel tower, but(…)

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Rose MG: Let’s Talk About Reading and Empathy!

Rose MG: Let’s Talk About Reading and Empathy!

This past summer I spent a week or two staying with my Aunt, Uncle, and cousin, Belicia. Belicia is about twelve, and while for most of her life she was not super into reading, recently she has developed a keen appetite for the pastime. She is now very into young adult series like The Hunger(…)

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Rose MG: Barefoot Gen: a Call for Peace, a Call for Change

Rose MG: Barefoot Gen: a Call for Peace, a Call for Change

Barefoot Gen is a pseudo autographical comic by Nakazawa Keiji. Keiji is a hibakusha, a term that translates literally to “Person exposed to explosion,” and in this case meaning that he was a survivor of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Barefoot Gen follows the titular character and his family in the time leading up(…)

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Dorothy Klement: Spoken Verse and Artwork for Peace

Dorothy Klement: Spoken Verse and Artwork for Peace

  Vide, ut quod ore cantas, corde credas, et quod corde credis, operibus comprobes Bless, O Lord, us Thy servants, who minister in Thy temple. Grant that what we sing with our lips, we may believe in our hearts, and what we believe in our hearts,we may show forth in our lives. Through Jesus Christ(…)

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J. Beliu: Art Piece and Religion

J. Beliu: Art Piece and Religion

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli is thought to have been painted around 1480. This was a work done during the Italian renaissance, while the origins of this painting are attributed to Greek myths, the meaning and time period in which it was done give this piece of work a sense of understanding and(…)

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Eli Steiker-Ginzberg: Peace through Paint

Eli Steiker-Ginzberg: Peace through Paint

In my personal experience, peace through art is an expression of my Jewish upbringing. Although my family and I are not particularly devout to Judaism, it expresses itself in our dedication to social justice, personal improvement, and peacebuilding. At the synagogue I was brought up in, a lefty, Reconstructionist synagogue in Philadelphia, young boys and girls(…)

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Tim Liptrot: Banksy and the Use of Religious Imagery to Criticize Violence

Tim Liptrot: Banksy and the Use of Religious Imagery to Criticize Violence

The first piece is named “armored peace dove.” I have intentionally included an image of it on the wall of a Palestinian home in the occupied territories. Context and location are an important part of the message to Banksy’s art which draws on traditions of graffiti. I apologize that I’m not an art major and(…)

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Zachary Crockford: Islamic Art

Zachary Crockford: Islamic Art

In his article Philosophy of Muslim Art, Titus Burckhart points out that beauty is often expressed in Islamic art as the plentitude of God’s being, “It attaches itself to the appearances of things and at the same time rejoins in its qualitative limitlessness the Divine Being Itself, since it penetrates beyond all duality, such as(…)

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Zoe Dubno: Persian Carpets and the Islamic Worldview

Zoe Dubno: Persian Carpets and the Islamic Worldview

  The Persian art of carpet making, which dates back to nomadic societies, has proven to be a lasting, prominent element of Persian artistic expression in modern times. Although contemporary western tastes would likely consider carpets as solely home décor, they are an essential element of Persian art and culture. The carpets display a number(…)

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Emily Lin: Characteristics of Islamic Art

Emily Lin: Characteristics of Islamic Art

Islamic art has some critical differences that distinguish it from Western religious art. It tends to have a much stronger connection to the divine, as it is meant to bridge the gap between the mortal and divine spheres. Because of this, Islamic art tends to be very introspective and contemplative, and places less emphasis on(…)

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Lucy Hall: Islamic Art and Spirituality

Lucy Hall: Islamic Art and Spirituality

Art is one of the primary modes of expression of devotion to Allah and Islam. Thus, there are many forms of Islamic art, as there are many forms of personal religious expression. Two forms of art that I will discuss and compare include calligraphy and Persian painting. I will conclude by discussing themes common between(…)

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Dorothy Klement: Islamic Art and Allah

Dorothy Klement: Islamic Art and Allah

Islamic art is difficult to categorize because it is highly influenced by multiple cultures that can be found in the large range of Islamic societies such as Christian art, Byzantine styles, Sassanian art of pre-Islamic Persia, central Asia, and Chinese/Mongolian influences. Essentially, it is the art of contemplation. Art within Islam is deeply rooted in(…)

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Saad Talha: Islamic Art

Saad Talha: Islamic Art

In addition to it’s beauty, Islamic art is complex, calculated and meaningful, such that no brushstroke, line, or curve is random. While some may see Islam simply a religion, deeper and proper interpretation of the Quran, Muhammad’s Sunnah and Hadith show that Islam is a way to life one’s life. Therefore, any visual representation of(…)

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Ana Goelzer – Islamic Art

Ana Goelzer – Islamic Art

Islam inspires innovation and creation. The Qur’an encourages reading, learning, writing and art. Even though Islamic art does not depict God or contain any kind of iconography, it is used to represent the divine and worship God. Common motifs in Islamic art are geometric and vegetal patterns, and calligraphy, all used to glorify God. Geometric(…)

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Jesse Potts: Islamic Art

Jesse Potts: Islamic Art

Islamic art plays an instrumental role in one’s understanding and appreciation of Islamic culture. Though beautiful in it’s own right, the deeper meaning and purpose of Islamic art can be understood through its worship of Allah and its connection to the divine and other vital Islamic principles. Islamic art can take many forms, although all(…)

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Isak Saaf: Islamic Art

Isak Saaf: Islamic Art

A brief disclaimer about my approach to the study of Islam should be made before I begin. As an outsider to the religion and to the cultures which it pervades, I have managed to pervert my view of those cultures in a number of ways. For example: I, as a Westerner, decide to read the(…)

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