Europeans grasping at straws amid growing violence and intimidation. Islamization won’t be so bad, will it? After all, they gave us oil painting. From IslamOnline, with thanks to PRCS:
ROME “” Amid rising Islamophobia in the West, the Italian city of Venice is playing host to an exhibition celebrating Islam contribution to Western civilization and arts
“The exhibition highlights cross-fertilization between the West and Islam to counter war mongering clichÃ©s that now make international headlines,” Marie George Nida, an exhibition organizer, told IslamOnline.net Sunday, October 8.
Organized by the Paris-based Arab World Institute (IMA) in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the exhibition, titled “Venise et l’Orient”, was inaugurated in October 3 and will run through February 18.
“The fair showcases how the Islamic civilization has left its indelible mark on the West in the Middle Ages,” added Nida.
Potteries, oil paintings, carpets, coins, silver plates and wooden items that were brought to Vince during the Middle Ages stand as a poignant symbol of cultural exchange between Europe and the Ottoman Empire.
The fair comes as the West and the Muslim world are experiencing some of the worst periods of their relation in recent history….
The 250 objects on display show how the Islamic civilization became a source of inspiration for the Venetians.
A large section of the exhibition shows how the Venetians were inspired by the Mamelouks and Ottomans.
“It is obvious that the art of oil painting, one of the Venetian civilization’s landmarks, was inspired by the East,” Nida said.
Qura’nic [sic] verses inscribed on glass lamps and ceramic plates made in Venice and sold in the East shows how impressed Europe was by the Islamic calligraphy.
The fair’s logo is a computerized photo of the masterpiece painting of Venetian artist Gentile Bellini, showing the Ottoman Sultan Mohammad II face-to-face with the Venetian duke Giovanni Mocenigo.
As part of efforts to recognize Islamic contribution to human civilization, a new wing of Islamic art is to be inaugurated in the Louvre museum in 2009.
The long-awaited section in the world’s largest museum will showcase up to 10,000 pieces, one of the greatest concentrations of Islamic art in existence.
Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Walid bin Talal has donated 17 million euros to construct the section.