By Anna Contadini
Arab portray is handled right here as an important inventive corpus in its personal correct. Rejecting the normal emphasis on person work, the prestigious participants to this quantity rigidity the mixing of textual content and snapshot as a extra efficient theoretical framework.
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25 Little is known about the latest Kitāb al-diryāq manuscript. 26 A note at the end of the treatise states that the book is a copy of a manuscript containing the book of Shānāq on poisons and that of Galen on the theriac, dated 14 Rajab, 621 (the date given in the colophon of the Sotheby’s Kitāb al-sumūm). While the illustrated Kitāb al-diryāq manuscripts are among the earliest and best-known illustrated 20 For the frontispiece, see Ettinghausen 1962, p. 91 or Duda 1992, Farbtafel 1. For the figural text illustrations, see Duda 1992, Farbtafeln 2–3 and Abb.
Holter 1937a; Ettinghausen 1962, 83–86. However, it has more recently been determined that the genre tendency was not localized. For a fuller discussion of the genre scene and the issue of provenance, see Kerner 2004, 229–32, 259–75. 74 Michael Barry recently interpreted an enthroned figure in one of the Paris Kitāb al-diryāq’s narrative illustrations as a ‘Muslim prince,’ the ‘ruler to whom this manuscript is dedicated’; Barry 2004, pp. 56–57. The royal figure, however, appears not on the manuscript’s frontispiece, as Barry supposes, but in the text illustration of Andromachus the Younger’s final anecdote.
33; Touwaide 1996, p. 13; Nicander 1997. 64 Sadek listed seventeen Arabic herbals, twelve of which were illustrated. Sadek 1983, p. 13 ff. Weitzmann 1952, p. 250. 65 The ‘pharmacy’ scene from the dispersed 1224 Dioscorides, for example, depicts the preparation of medicine from honey within an elaborate two-story structure (New 61 62 art in the name of science Fig. A. Snakes with weak venom and fourteen theriacal serpents. Pseudo-Galen, Kitāb al-diryāq, Jazīra, ca. 1250. F. 10, fol. 21r (365 × 280 mm) (Courtesy of the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek).
Arab Painting (Handbook of Oriental Studies) by Anna Contadini
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