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Islamic art and architecture points to the artistic accomplishments in the lands where Islam was the dominant religion and from the seventh century on These lands were the Middle East North Africa Spain Anatolia and the Balkans and central and northern India All the monuments and artistic objects which may have been made with different materials and techniques have a common artistic language Islamic art was an art created for the setting of every day life The most notable religious art were the mosque and the minaret These were made with the purpose of having a place where people could express their devotion and learn the principles of the faith Islamic painting developed in the form of book illustration and illumination These paintings were made to help explain a scientific text andor to reinforce the pleasure of reading literature or history There are certain techniques that distinguish the decorative arts of the Islamic arts These techniques involve the application of shimmering glazes and rich colors in ceramics and glassware Other techniques include sophisticated silver inlays that convert the surfaces of bronze metalworks extravagant designed stucco and wall panels made of carved wood and textiles and carpets woven into millions of different patterns 2 The oldest figurative representation of Islamic arts correspond to mosaics and painted murals All of these are related to architecture since they were used to cover and decorate the walls of several constructions These could have been religious or anti-religious places The mosaics in these buildings are unique in that in them there are no representations of animals or humans These absences are due to religious reasons Only plants big trees and combinations of landscapes and architectonics either real or invented appeared in the mosaics In the eighteenth century the use of the mosaics declined On the contrary the use of mural paintings had a long life in the Muslim art It also represents a particular detail This is its exclusive use
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