The Metropolitan Museum of Art has many "educator resources" on Korean art, Islamic geometric design, African art, and more (i.e. books filled with beautifully reproduced images of art and artifacts, along with extensive background history). They are available
for download as PDF files. [more inside]
BBC World Service has over 500 audio documentaries
you can download. The subject matter is incredibly wide ranging, for example, internet cafés
, the influence of Islamic art on William Morris
, South African female AIDS activist Thembi Ngubane
, the importance of cows
, novelist Chinua Achebe
, financial risk management
, Obama as an intellectual
, the physical and emotional effects of a car crash
and many, many more. If the quantity and variety are overwhelming, you can subscribe to a podcast
, which delivers a new documentary to you every single day.
Famous for his Western works
, such as the Louvre Pyramid
, Chinese architect I.M. Pei
has capped off his long career with The Museum of Islamic Art
. The architecture of the museum is a blend of Islamic
and modern elements, resulting in a sort of cubist sculpture
. The collection, meant to be an overview of Islamic art throughout history, is extensive but not without a few flaws
. [more inside]
The Islamic art collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
has beautiful objects to delight every fancy, whether you seek manuscript illustration
), archetectural elements
) and much, yes, more
! If you want some knowledge to go with the beauty then you are in luck because on the site there is an overview of Islamic art history
from inception to the now.
The new 'Discover Islamic Art in the Mediterranean'
site incorporates material from 14 countries through 18 exhibition sites that explore the the cultural and artistic heritage of Islamic dynasties spanning 1200 years. [via]
Contemporary Art from the Islamic World,
including Emily Jacir's Where We Come From
, which deals with Palestinians living in exile.