Re-ex­am­in­ing the Re­nais­sance

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THINK Re­nais­sance and you think Italy. But in the 15th and 16th cen­turies the great Is­lamic em­pires ex­pe­ri­enced their own ex­tra­or­di­nary cul­tural flow­er­ing.

The two phe­nom­ena did not un­fold in sep­a­rate artis­tic uni­verses; they were acutely con­scious of, and in com­pe­ti­tion with, each other and mu­tu­ally open to in­flu­ences flow­ing both ways.

That ri­valry un­folds most spec­tac­u­larly over the cre­ation of domes – in Ot­toman Is­tan­bul the great en­gi­neer-ar­chi­tect Mi­mar Si­nan builds the light-flooded Su­ley­maniye mosque, while at the same time in Rome Michelan­gelo de­signs the great dome over the St Peter’s Basil­ica.

The fate of the hero-artist, seem­ingly touched by God, hence­forth di­verged in east and west.

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