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"The Way of Passage"

Location: Tomar, Portugal
Catalog Number: 1503

The Muslim holy book, the Koran, prohibits the representation of the human or divine form. From this prohibition emerged a sublime expression of spirit through the grace and patterning of Islamic calligraphy and architecture. A strong Moorish influence permeates the cultures of Portugal and Spain. Not only in places like the Alhambra in Granada or the Mosque in Cordoba, but in the tile work and patterning throughout Iberian art and architecture. Here at the Cathedral in Tomar, Portugal (where incidentally the Knights Templar rode their horses into the sanctuary to be blessed before heading out on their Crusades), I was struck with the feeling of infinity that one gets from the patterns in Islamic art. The eye, like the spirit, is moved along a path with twists and turns, ultimately to that sparkle of light.

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