June 14, 1325~ Ibn Battuta leaves Tangier on a journey that will last 29 years

Tile with the Great Mosque of Mecca by Turkish Artist

 

Ibn Battuta started on his travels in 1325, when he was 20 years old. His main reason to travel was to go on a Hajj, or a Pilgrimage to Mecca, to fulfill the fifth pillar of Isla. But his traveling went on for around 29 years and he covered about 75,000 miles visiting the equivalent of 44 modern countries which were then mostly under the governments of Muslim leaders of the World of Islam, or “Dar al-Islam”. ~Office of Resources for International and Area Studies, UC Berkeley

17th century (Ottoman Empire) / Fritware with underglaze painting
/ 24 9/16”x14 1/8”x1 3/8” / The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

 

The three lines of Arabic writing in the upper part of this large, ceramic wall tile are from the third chapter of the Qur’an, and exhort the Muslim faithful to make the pilgrimage to Mecca. The rest of the tile is given over to a bird’s-eye representation of the Great Mosque in Mecca, with the Ka’ba, Islam’s holiest shrine, in the center. ~The Walters Art Museum

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Previous June 14 posts:

Pride Month~ June 14

Margaret Bourke-White: Born June 14, 1904

June 14: Flag Day

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/14~

March 29, 1974~ Terracotta Army discovered in Shaanxi province, China

Terracotta Warriors and Horses / Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor

246 BC-208 BC / Exterior earth pyramid: 154’x 1,690’x 1,591’ / Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang, Xi’an, China

Previous March 29 posts:

March 29~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Raymond Hood: Born March 29, 1881

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/29~

November 15~ Artists at their Easels

In the Woods at Giverny: Blanche Hoschedé at Her Easel with Suzanne Hoschedé Reading  by  Claude Monet

1887 / Oil on canvas / 36”x38 1/2” / Los Angeles County Museum of Art≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈

Vincent van Gogh Painting Sunflowers  by  Paul Gauguin

1888 / Oil on canvas / 28 3/4”x35 4/5” / Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

March 29~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Judy Chicago (Born 1939)
American feminist artist, art educator, and writer known for large collaborative art installations
https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/chicago-judy

Female Rejection Drawing from the Rejection Quintet / 1974 / Colored pencil and graphite on paper / 40”x30”

 

Carrie Mae Weems (Born 1953)
African-American photographer, performance artist, activist, filmmaker, and videographer
http://carriemaeweems.net/bio.html

Untitled (Kitchen Table Series) / 1990 / Gelatin silver print / 27 1/4”x27”

March 20~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979), The first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre
http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/ey-exhibition-sonia-delaunay/delaunay-introduction

Dubonnet / 1914 / Watercolour on canvas / 24”x30”

Amelia Pelaez (1897-1968)
Participant in the vanguardia and the classical phases of Cuban modernism
https://sophia.smith.edu/global-modern-women-artists/amelia-palaez/biography/

Marañones (Cashews) / 1939-1940 / Oil on canvas / 24 3/8”x30 1/2”

March 17~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936), Arts & Crafts artist created paintings, embroideries, illuminations, and illustrations
https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/features/phoebe-anna-traquair

Annunciation (study for mural) / 1900 / Tempera on card / 11”x9”

 

Nampeyo (c.1859-1942)
One of the most important figures in Native American Pottery
https://www.adobegallery.com/artist/Nampeyo_of_Hano_1857_19428853486

Jar / c.1910 / Ceramic / H-8 1/4” W-14 1/4”

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/20~

One of the most influential ceramic designers of the 20th century, this British ceramic artist was herself inspired by the Art Deco, Cubism, and De Stijl movements.

In 1863, this photographer’s innovations in the field were finally officially acknowledged when he received the prestigious cross of the French Legion of Honor.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/01/20/january-20/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/13~

This 20th century American artist’s time as a volunteer restoring Native American clay vessels inspired his own hand-built pieces, which he would build, break, and reassemble after painting and glazing them.

One of the most famous Neoclassical artists in 19th century Europe, this Danish/Icelandic sculptor spent forty years in Italy and celebrated the date of his arrival there as his “Roman birthday.”

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/11/13/november-13/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/25~

This Spanish artist with a prolific output that includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, costumes — and even plays and poems — spent most of his adult life in France.

This late-blooming American expressionist painter and printmaker studied biochemical engineering at City College of New York for three years before switching to fine arts in his last year.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/25/october-25/