Art History Review
Here are a sample of slides to help you review
the terms and concepts from class discussion
and the readings.
Art and Religion
How would you describe the interplay between
art and religion?
How art explains the dogma of a religion
Art can confirm the faith of believers
An intermixture of art, religion and politics
Art facilitates religious ritual
Cubiculum of Leonis, Catacomb of Commodilla. Late 4th century.
Jacopo Grimaldi. Interior of Old St. Peter's.
1619 copy of an earlier drawing.
Reconstruction Drawing, Old St. Peter's Basilica. c. 320–327;
atrium added in later 4th century. Approx. 394’ long and 210’ wide..
Islamic art and religion
Mihrab, Great Mosque
Cordoba, Spain 965 CE
Muhammad as prophet (570-633)
•Receptor and translator of revelations of God
•Not divine, no saints in Islam
•Depends on individual accountability with God
Qu’ran, Kufic script
Calligraphy 700-800 CE
Five Pillars of Islam
• Shehadah (Witness) – no one worthy of
worship but Allah
• Salat (Prayer) – five times daily individual
• Sawm (Fasting) – Ramandan
• Zakat (Alms) – tithing
• Hajj (Pilgrimage) – based on original 622 CE
Hijra by Mohammad from Medina
Great Mosque at