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Abbasid  

Robert Hillenbrand

Islamic dynasty that ruled from several capitals in Iraq between ad 749 and 1258. The Abbasids traced their descent from al-‛Abbas, the uncle of the Prophet Muhammad, and were thus able to claim a legitimacy that their predecessors had lacked (see Umayyad, §1). The Abbasids rose to power in north-east Iran by channelling disaffection with Umayyad rule, but they soon established their capitals in a more central location, founding ...

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Jane Geddes

Deluxe manuscript (Aberdeen, U. Lib., MS. 24) made in England around 1200. It is remarkable for its lavish illustrations, amply covered in gold leaf; for the wealth of its codicological data and for its close relationship to the Ashmole Bestiary. The book was left unfinished, so sketches and the detailed instructions for its colouring and assembly remain visible. The last few pages were completed in the 14th century. The book begins with a Creation cycle of full-page miniatures culminating in ...

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Sheila S. Blair

Persian family of potters. The family is sometimes known, somewhat improperly, by the epithet Kashani [al-Kashani, Qashani], which refers to their home town, Kashan. It was a major centre for the production of lustre pottery in medieval Iran, and they were among the leading potters there, working in both the Monumental and the Miniature styles (...

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See Abu Tahir family

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Italian, 13th century, male.

Active during the 13th century.

Miniaturist.

Sienese School.

This artist's name appears in archives in 1248.

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Italian, 13th century, male.

Activec.1295.

Born in Brescia.

Painter, draughtsman, architect.

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German, 13th century, male.

Active in Bamberg (Bavaria).

Miniaturist.

A deacon, Adalbert is thought to have painted the miniatures in a work on the Life of Henry and Cunegonde (Royal Library, Bamberg). He was the son of Count Wolfram von Abensberg.

Bamberg (Staatsbibliothek): Life of Henry and Cunegonde,...

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German, 13th – 14th century, female.

Miniaturist, calligrapher.

Adelaide von Epfig was a nun at the convent of Unterlinden in Alsace, France, where she produced several outstanding works.

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Italian, 13th – 14th century, male.

Sculptor.

Agnolo di Ventura was a pupil of the Pisani School. He collaborated with Guido di Pace on the construction of the Grosseto palace, and on a number of works with Agostino di Giovanni. After 1349 his name no longer appears....

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Italian, 13th century, male.

Active in Naples.

Sculptor (stone/wood).

This artist is mentioned in about 1230.