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Arabesque Collection

"Arabesque: A Journey through Time and Culture" Step into the enchanting world of arabesque, a mesmerizing art form that transcends borders and centuries

Background imageArabesque Collection: Romania - Curtea de Arges Monastery

Romania - Curtea de Arges Monastery
The Cathedral of Curtea de Arges - a Romanian Orthodox cathedral in Curtea de ArgeE, Romania. It is located on the grounds of the Curtea de Arges Monastery Date: circa 1920s

Background imageArabesque Collection: DEGAS: ARABESQUE, 1876-77. Edgar Degas: The end of the arabesque. Pastel on canvas, 1876-77

DEGAS: ARABESQUE, 1876-77. Edgar Degas: The end of the arabesque. Pastel on canvas, 1876-77

Background imageArabesque Collection: Moorish Gate Shaped Bench in, Asilah, Morocco

Moorish Gate Shaped Bench in, Asilah, Morocco

Background imageArabesque Collection: Woman student and typical arab door, Marrakech, Morocco

Woman student and typical arab door, Marrakech, Morocco

Background imageArabesque Collection: Wall paintings from various houses in Pompeii

Wall paintings from various houses in Pompeii
Candelabra (left) from the Casa del Panettiere or House of the Baker, VII.III.30, candelabra (right) and frieze (top) from House of Caecilius Iucundus, V.I.26

Background imageArabesque Collection: Spain, Andalusia, Seville. El Real Alcazar de Sevilla, the Courtyard of the Maidens

Spain, Andalusia, Seville. El Real Alcazar de Sevilla, the Courtyard of the Maidens (Patio de las Doncellas)

Background imageArabesque Collection: Wall painting of an arabesque with stag and cupid (top) and a panel with a mask of Pan (below)

Wall painting of an arabesque with stag and cupid (top) and a panel with a mask of Pan (below)
FLO4686941 Wall painting of an arabesque with stag and cupid (top) and a panel with a mask of Pan (below), both from Domus Vedi Sirici or House of Siricus, VII.1.47

Background imageArabesque Collection: Wall paintings of foliage, fruit and cupid from House of the Epigrams, V.1.18

Wall paintings of foliage, fruit and cupid from House of the Epigrams, V.1.18
FLO4686920 Wall paintings of foliage, fruit and cupid from House of the Epigrams, V.1.18, arabesque from Casa dei Guerrieri or the House of the Bronzehandlers, I.3.25

Background imageArabesque Collection: Candelabra (left) from the Casa del Panettiere or House of the Baker, VII.III.30

Candelabra (left) from the Casa del Panettiere or House of the Baker, VII.III.30
FLO4686972 Candelabra (left) from the Casa del Panettiere or House of the Baker, VII.III.30, candelabra (right) and frieze (top) from House of Caecilius Iucundus, V.I.26

Background imageArabesque Collection: Wall painting of an arabesque with a mask of Oceanus found in Herculaneum

Wall painting of an arabesque with a mask of Oceanus found in Herculaneum
FLO4687005 Wall painting of an arabesque with a mask of Oceanus found in Herculaneum, and two other ornaments of Oceanus and a lotus flower found in the Temple of Isis

Background imageArabesque Collection: Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Background imageArabesque Collection: Spain, Andalucia, Seville, Alcazar, ceiling in Ambassadors Hall (Salon

Spain, Andalucia, Seville, Alcazar, ceiling in Ambassadors Hall (Salon de Embajadores)

Background imageArabesque Collection: Ancient Arabic inscriptions at Nimrod fortress (Qal at al-Subeiba), northern Golan

Ancient Arabic inscriptions at Nimrod fortress (Qal at al-Subeiba), northern Golan Heights

Background imageArabesque Collection: 2247719

2247719

Background imageArabesque Collection: Bed valance, 1532-36 (silk & linen)

Bed valance, 1532-36 (silk & linen)
5890676 Bed valance, 1532-36 (silk & linen) by English School, (16th century); 37.5x269 cm; Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Scotland; (add.info.: Valance or bed valance)

Background imageArabesque Collection: Design for the Verso of a Cross-Shaped Pendant Above a Pair of Oval Ornaments and A... before 1573

Design for the Verso of a Cross-Shaped Pendant Above a Pair of Oval Ornaments and A... before 1573
Design for the Verso of a Cross-Shaped Pendant Above a Pair of Oval Ornaments and Axe-Shaped Ornaments, before 1573

Background imageArabesque Collection: Title Plate, from Pendant Designs with Architectural Elements and Vegetal-Arabesque... before 1573

Title Plate, from Pendant Designs with Architectural Elements and Vegetal-Arabesque... before 1573
Title Plate, from Pendant Designs with Architectural Elements and Vegetal-Arabesques, before 1573

Background imageArabesque Collection: Annunciation to the Shepherds, from the border of the Rich Missal of Cardinal Francisco Ximenez de

Annunciation to the Shepherds, from the border of the Rich Missal of Cardinal Francisco Ximenez de Cisneros (1437-1517)
IND113561 Annunciation to the Shepherds, from the border of the Rich Missal of Cardinal Francisco Ximenez de Cisneros (1437-1517) (vellum) by Spanish School, (16th century); Biblioteca Nacional

Background imageArabesque Collection: DDE-90034895

DDE-90034895
Episcopal Cathedral of Curtea de Arges is one of the most important examples of religious architecture in Romania and burial place for many Romanian kings. Romania, Curtea de Arges. Date: 02/12/2008

Background imageArabesque Collection: Maquette for Joie de Vivre, 1927 (plaster) (see also 876099-100)

Maquette for Joie de Vivre, 1927 (plaster) (see also 876099-100)
876101 Maquette for Joie de Vivre, 1927 (plaster) (see also 876099-100) by Toft, Albert (1862-1949); 22x9.5x5 cm; Leeds Museums and Art Galleries (Leeds City Museum) UK; Leeds Museums and Galleries

Background imageArabesque Collection: Maquette for Joie de Vivre, 1927 (plaster) (see also 876100-1)

Maquette for Joie de Vivre, 1927 (plaster) (see also 876100-1)
876099 Maquette for Joie de Vivre, 1927 (plaster) (see also 876100-1) by Toft, Albert (1862-1949); 22x9.5x5 cm; Leeds Museums and Art Galleries (Leeds City Museum) UK; Leeds Museums and Galleries, UK

Background imageArabesque Collection: Maquette for Joie de Vivre, 1927 (plaster) (see also 876099-1)

Maquette for Joie de Vivre, 1927 (plaster) (see also 876099-1)
876100 Maquette for Joie de Vivre, 1927 (plaster) (see also 876099-1) by Toft, Albert (1862-1949); 22x9.5x5 cm; Leeds Museums and Art Galleries (Leeds City Museum) UK; Leeds Museums and Galleries, UK

Background imageArabesque Collection: The Tennis Player, 1923 (wood engraving)

The Tennis Player, 1923 (wood engraving)
1631656 The Tennis Player, 1923 (wood engraving) by Gill, Eric (1882-1940); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection

Background imageArabesque Collection: Ring dancer, c. 1928 (bronze, ivory & marble)

Ring dancer, c. 1928 (bronze, ivory & marble)
940332 Ring dancer, c.1928 (bronze, ivory & marble) by Chiparus, Dimitri (1886-1947); height: 44.2 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Christies Images

Background imageArabesque Collection: Spandrel and vault, 1503-08 (fresco)

Spandrel and vault, 1503-08 (fresco)
GRL153306 Spandrel and vault, 1503-08 (fresco) by Pinturicchio, Bernardino di Betto (c.1452-1513); Piccolomini Library, Duomo, Siena, Italy; Ghigo Roli

Background imageArabesque Collection: Mirror with Dragon Arabesque, Eastern Zhou dynasty, 3rd / 2nd century B. C. Creator: Unknown

Mirror with Dragon Arabesque, Eastern Zhou dynasty, 3rd / 2nd century B. C. Creator: Unknown
Mirror with Dragon Arabesque, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period or early Western Han dynasty, 3rd/2nd century B.C

Background imageArabesque Collection: Mirror with Dragon Arabesques, Eastern Zhou dynasty, 3rd / 2nd century B. C

Mirror with Dragon Arabesques, Eastern Zhou dynasty, 3rd / 2nd century B. C
Mirror with Dragon Arabesques, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period or early Western Han dynasty, 3rd/2nd century B.C

Background imageArabesque Collection: Mirror with Dragon and Bird Arabesque, Western Han dynasty (206 B. C. -A. D. 9)

Mirror with Dragon and Bird Arabesque, Western Han dynasty (206 B. C. -A. D. 9)
Mirror with Dragon and Bird Arabesque, Western Han dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 9)

Background imageArabesque Collection: Arabesque, modeled 1885 / 90 (cast 1919 / 21). Creator: Edgar Degas

Arabesque, modeled 1885 / 90 (cast 1919 / 21). Creator: Edgar Degas
Arabesque, modeled 1885/90 (cast 1919/21)

Background imageArabesque Collection: Design for a Cartouche, Plate 5 from Neüinventierte sehr dienstiche Schil

Design for a Cartouche, Plate 5 from Neüinventierte sehr dienstiche Schil
Design for a Cartouche, Plate 5 from Neu inventierte sehr dienstiche Schilde oder Cartouches, Printed ca. 1750-56

Background imageArabesque Collection: Design for a Cartouche, Plate 3 from Neüinventierte sehr dienstiche Schil

Design for a Cartouche, Plate 3 from Neüinventierte sehr dienstiche Schil
Design for a Cartouche, Plate 3 from Neu inventierte sehr dienstiche Schilde oder Cartouches, Printed ca. 1750-56

Background imageArabesque Collection: Design for a Cartouche, Plate 1 from Neüinventierte sehr dienstiche Schil

Design for a Cartouche, Plate 1 from Neüinventierte sehr dienstiche Schil
Design for a Cartouche, Plate 1 from Neu inventierte sehr dienstiche Schilde oder Cartouches, Printed ca. 1750-56

Background imageArabesque Collection: Trophees Nouvellement Inventez par J. B. Toro (Title Page), 1716. 1716

Trophees Nouvellement Inventez par J. B. Toro (Title Page), 1716. 1716
Trophees Nouvellement Inventez par J.B. Toro (Title Page), 1716

Background imageArabesque Collection: Cartouches Nouvellement Inventez par J. B. Toro, 1716. 1716. Creator: Jean Bernard Toro

Cartouches Nouvellement Inventez par J. B. Toro, 1716. 1716. Creator: Jean Bernard Toro
Cartouches Nouvellement Inventez par J.B. Toro, 1716

Background imageArabesque Collection: Livre de Tables de Diverses Formes, 1716 or after. 1716 or after

Livre de Tables de Diverses Formes, 1716 or after. 1716 or after
Livre de Tables de Diverses Formes, 1716 or after

Background imageArabesque Collection: Desseins Arabesques a Plusieurs Usages Inventes par J. B. Toro, 1716. 1716

Desseins Arabesques a Plusieurs Usages Inventes par J. B. Toro, 1716. 1716
Desseins Arabesques a Plusieurs Usages Inventes par J.B. Toro, 1716

Background imageArabesque Collection: Design for a Cartouche, Plate 2 from Neüinventierte sehr dienstiche Schil

Design for a Cartouche, Plate 2 from Neüinventierte sehr dienstiche Schil
Design for a Cartouche, Plate 2 from Neu inventierte sehr dienstiche Schilde oder Cartouches, Printed ca. 1750-56

Background imageArabesque Collection: Desseins a Plusieurs Usages Inventes par M. B. Toro, 1718 or after. 1718 or after

Desseins a Plusieurs Usages Inventes par M. B. Toro, 1718 or after. 1718 or after
Desseins a Plusieurs Usages Inventes par M. B. Toro, 1718 or after

Background imageArabesque Collection: Nouveau Livre de Vases, 1716 or after. 1716 or after. Creator: Jean Bernard Toro

Nouveau Livre de Vases, 1716 or after. 1716 or after. Creator: Jean Bernard Toro
Nouveau Livre de Vases, 1716 or after

Background imageArabesque Collection: Trophees Nouvellement Inventez par J. B. Toro. 1716. 1716

Trophees Nouvellement Inventez par J. B. Toro. 1716. 1716
Trophees Nouvellement Inventez par J.B. Toro. 1716

Background imageArabesque Collection: Design for a Cartouche, Plate 6 from Neüinventierte sehr dienstiche Schil

Design for a Cartouche, Plate 6 from Neüinventierte sehr dienstiche Schil
Design for a Cartouche, Plate 6 from Neu inventierte sehr dienstiche Schilde oder Cartouches, Printed ca. 1750-56

Background imageArabesque Collection: 1767863

1767863; out of copyright

Background imageArabesque Collection: Grande Arabesque, Second Time, c. 1890-1895 (bronze with brown patina)

Grande Arabesque, Second Time, c. 1890-1895 (bronze with brown patina)
1768527 Grande Arabesque, Second Time, c.1890-1895 (bronze with brown patina) by Degas, Edgar (1834-1917); 41 (height) cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Grande Arabesque, Second Time)

Background imageArabesque Collection: Beaker, c. 1725 (parcel-gilt silver)

Beaker, c. 1725 (parcel-gilt silver)
3434816 Beaker, c.1725 (parcel-gilt silver) by Hiemesch, Petrus III (fl.c.1725); height: 15.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Flaring octagonal on molded foot)

Background imageArabesque Collection: Arabesque Dancer in Profile View, 1885-90 (pastel and charcoal on paper)

Arabesque Dancer in Profile View, 1885-90 (pastel and charcoal on paper)
990617 Arabesque Dancer in Profile View, 1885-90 (pastel and charcoal on paper) by Degas, Edgar (1834-1917); 23.5x33.6 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageArabesque Collection: Maquette for a Pendant with an Arabesque Escutcheon (bronzed plaster)

Maquette for a Pendant with an Arabesque Escutcheon (bronzed plaster)
833468 Maquette for a Pendant with an Arabesque Escutcheon (bronzed plaster) by Gilbert, Alfred (1854-1934); 7.5x7x2 cm; Leeds Museums and Galleries (Leeds Art Gallery)

Background imageArabesque Collection: Bluebell, a Sylph, 1836 (plaster)

Bluebell, a Sylph, 1836 (plaster)
PNH419718 Bluebell, a Sylph, 1836 (plaster) by Westmacott, Richard (1775-1856); 53.5x35 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)



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"Arabesque: A Journey through Time and Culture" Step into the enchanting world of arabesque, a mesmerizing art form that transcends borders and centuries. From the picturesque Curtea de Arges Monastery in Romania to the vibrant Alhambra in Spain, this captivating design has left its mark on countless landmarks. In 1876-77, Edgar Degas immortalized the elegance with his pastel on canvas masterpiece titled "Arabesque. " The delicate lines and graceful movements captured in his artwork evoke a sense of beauty and fluidity. Venturing further into Andalusia, Granada's Alhambra reveals ornate arches adorned with intricate arabesques. These breathtaking designs transport visitors back to a time when Islamic influence flourished in Spain. Delving deeper into history, we discover a bed valance from 1532-36 crafted from silk and linen. Its exquisite arabesque patterns showcase the skillful craftsmanship prevalent during that era. Seville's El Real Alcazar de Sevilla enchants visitors with its Courtyard of the Maidens, where stunning Arab-inspired architecture can be found. The interplay between light and shadow accentuates every curve and detail. The ancient city of Pompeii also bears witness to the allure through its wall paintings adorning various houses. These remnants serve as reminders of an artistic tradition that stood strong even amidst tragedy. As twilight descends upon Granada's Alhambra, it casts an ethereal glow over the Hall of Two Sisters. Here, intricate carvings intertwine seamlessly with geometric motifs forming elaborate arabesques that seem to dance under moonlight. Beyond architectural marvels lies another facet - contemporary expressions through sepia-toned Christmas cards or moments captured during Ramadan at Mecca's Grand Mosque. Arabesques continue to inspire artists across cultures today while remaining deeply rooted in Islamic heritage.