Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Prophet Muhammad in Art

Let's all upload our favourite image of the Prophet.

Pakistan's government ordered Internet service providers to block Facebook on Wednesday amid anger over a page that encourages users to post images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The page on the social networking site has generated criticism in Pakistan and elsewhere because Islam prohibits any images of the prophet. The government took action after a group of Islamic lawyers won a court order Wednesday requiring officials to block Facebook until May 31. (AP)

Picture: Muhammad Preaching, by the Prince Grigory Gagarin, 1840
See also this post on I Work in Pages

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

William the Conqueror, Close-Up

I was working on a post for another of my blogs when it suddenly struck me how sophisticated the faces are in the 12th century Bayeux tapesty, a propaganda comics depicting the Norman conquest of England.

I visited the Tapestry museum  many times on my own and with friends and never noticed it. When you walk hurriedly along the 50 metre piece of cloth with multitudes of images the artistic value of each somehow gets lost. Looking at them close-up and separately, you get a very different impression - awesome.

Below is the part of the tapestry with William whose face I have enlarged above.

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