LA County Museum of Art Essay

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is among the world’s largest art collections, and to be specific enough the most prevalent artwork in the western United States (Compton 165). This massive art museum has a collection of over a hundred thousand artworks, whose origin extends from the prehistoric times to present days (Gilbert and Mills 174). These collections are classified into several departments within the museums buildings, depending on their region of origin, culture they represent, and time period from which they were found. This paper analyzes the different genres of art found in this museum and explains the main features that make the African and Asian artworks, specifically the Islamic artworks, distinguish themselves as …show more content…
The Types of Artworks
A common Islamic art masterpiece is the use of tiles, an example being the Iranian Star-shaped tile (Necipoglu 174). This is a 15th century artwork, star like tile: illustrated in Figure I below was probably made during the time when the Timurids ruled over Iran (Doak 136). His Iranian tile has a decoration of geometric shapes leaves and flowers on it, with a major flower being positioned right at the center of the tile. These tiles were made to cover outer walls of buildings, with designs and colorful patterns, to make such structures more beautiful. The tiles were fitted together using mortar on the walls of structures to create a mosaic design that adorned the outer walls of the structures.
Another common Islamic artwork was calligraphy, which is illustrated in Figure II. It was described as the most important of all elements in Islamic art. This art was considered dignified, due to its association with the Muslims Holy Book Koran, temple and palace inscriptions, and its use in writing Arabic scripts. This art of beautiful writing was extended to other arts like, pottery, metalwork, stone, and glass, among others.
Fig I: Tile Fig II: Calligraphy (Photos retrieved from www.lacma.org/islamic_art/islamic.htm)
Analysis of the Artworks
The artwork entitled Figure I represents glazed stone while the calligraphy illustrated by…