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The Old City of Herat in Western Afghanistan has a long history of rebuilding and restoration. The city was destroyed twice by the Mongols, in 1221 A.D. and 1383 A.D., and was reconstructed as the capital of the Central Asia’s (See more) Timurid Empire in the fifteenth century. Before Genghis Khan arrived and left his mark on the city, Alexander the Great occupied Herat in 330 B.C., bringing Greek influences to the city. Herat’s long list of conquerors and occupants had much to do with its desirable position along the Silk Road between Europe and Asia. The architecture of Old Herat exhibits vestiges of each of those past styles, but at its heart it is a traditional Islamic urban center.
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Eamon MacDonald
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Eamon MacDonald Was fortunate enough to study some of the works of Kamal ud-Din Behzad and his Herat based art studio at university, some stunning works which can do a lot to dispel myths about figuration in Islamic Art. Love this work, really captures a thriving Islamic community which celebrated the arts.
War Cirty, Oil on Canvas, 60/40
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