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5 08, 2017

King Louis XIV – history of France

By |2019-03-26T06:33:31-07:00August 5th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|0 Comments

King Louis XIV of France Louis XIV becomes king of France When Anne of Austria decided to retire, in 1661 AD, her son Louis XIV took over ruling France. Anne of Austria All our Modern Europe articles Louis was 23 years old when he took power. Like his mother, Louis was most interested in getting more [...]

23 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic pottery – Islamic art

By |2018-04-23T15:22:28-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Art, Islam|0 Comments

A tin-glazed plate Just about the time of the Arab conquests (about 600-700 AD), potters started to use metal-based glazes on their pots. So Islamic pottery looks very different from the Roman pottery that came before it. Tin-glazed bowl imitating Chinese pottery, ca. 850 AD West Asian potters invented this way of glazing pottery during the Roman Empire, [...]

23 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic art history

By |2019-10-01T18:14:45-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Art, Islam|0 Comments

Islamic art: Mosaic from the Great Mosque in Damascus (about 710 AD) Umayyad art: no people or animals As soon as the Islamic Empire formed, under the Umayyad dynasty, artists began exploring the new ideas of Islam.  What did these new ideas mean for Islamic art? Who were the Umayyads? All our Islamic Empire articles The first [...]

19 07, 2017

Spices and cotton: Mughal Indian economy

By |2019-08-07T10:58:30-07:00July 19th, 2017|Economy, India|0 Comments

Japanese painting of Portuguese bringing Indian cargo to Japan (1500s AD) - the Mughal Indian Economy Trade under the Mughals Under the Mughal Empire, India continued to make a lot of money by trading. Trading ships carried things back and forth. They went west to East Africa and West Asia. And they went east to South-East Asia [...]

25 06, 2017

Feldspar rock – a kind of igneous rock

By |2019-06-07T19:17:22-07:00June 25th, 2017|Geology|0 Comments

A feldspar rock quarry in India Is feldspar rare? Feldspar is a very common igneous rock. More than half of the Earth's crust is made of feldspar. What are igneous rocks? All our geology articles What is feldspar made of? When molecules of aluminum, silica and oxygen get together with potassium, they combine [...]

6 06, 2017

Tang Dynasty Chinese Pottery – Medieval China

By |2018-08-08T07:11:45-07:00June 6th, 2017|Art, China|0 Comments

T'ang Dynasty cup (Musee Guimet, Paris) Who invented porcelain? About 700 AD in China, plain white porcelain pottery first begins to appear, like these cups and these bowls. What is porcelain? Porcelain is a special kind of pottery. Chinese potters working under the T'ang Dynasty discovered that if you used a special kind [...]

6 06, 2017

Song Dynasty Chinese Art – Medieval China

By |2018-05-03T14:34:27-07:00June 6th, 2017|Art, China|0 Comments

Fan Kuan, "Traveling amid Streams and Mountains" (National Palace Museum, Taipei) Landscape painting got even better under the Song Dynasty than it had been under the T'ang Dynasty that came before. Artists emphasized the simple lines of the mountains, rivers, and trees, trying to create a feeling with the fewest possible lines. Most [...]

6 06, 2017

Sui Dynasty Art – Painting and porcelain in Medieval China

By |2018-06-30T10:59:06-07:00June 6th, 2017|Art, China|2 Comments

Sui Dynasty art: a clay camel, ca. 600-650 AD What came before the Sui Dynasty? In the Three Kingdoms period, Chinese artists had learned a lot about Indian and West Asian sculptural styles. (Read more about Three Kingdoms art) How was Sui Dynasty art different? Now in the Sui Dynasty, in the late [...]

5 06, 2017

Ming Dynasty Chinese art – Medieval China

By |2018-10-15T20:22:30-07:00June 5th, 2017|Art, China|0 Comments

Ming Dynasty Chinese art Ming emperors unify Chinese art After the Mongols were thrown out of China, and the Chinese emperors took over again in the Ming Dynasty of the late 1300s AD, the Ming emperors wanted to build up Chinese nationalism. Instead of being part of the huge Mongol Empire, now China [...]