The Topkapi Scroll: Geometry and Ornament in Islamic Architecture
Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1996
395 pp., illustrated
patterns, polygons, renaissance, Middle East
While Harvard professor Gulru Necipoglu was doing research in 1986 at Istanbul's Topkapi Palace Museum Library, curator Filiz Cagman produced a scroll she thought might be of interest to the visiting scholar. The two women had become friends over the years, and Cagman had read an article by Necipoglu on early Islamic architectural ground plans. "Look," said Cagman, "I have something similar to that material." As they unrolled the 30-m scroll and its sophisticated geometric patterns emerged, Necipoglu remembers, "I was amazed because I had never seen anything like it."...The scroll, with its 114 drawings, is a pattern book from the workshop of a master builder who worked in Persia during the late 15th or 16th century. It is the earliest of its kind to have been found intact...The tome has won an award from the U. S. Society of Architectural Historians and was named the best new scholarly book in the field of architecture and urban planning by the American Association of Publishers. (Emily Mitchell, Time Magazine)
Newham, C. A.
The Astronomical Significance of Stonehenge
John Blackburn, 1972
megaliths, archaeoastronomical observatories, prehistoric, Europe
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