David Roxburgh

  • “Akram Zaatari: Against Photography—An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation”

    An archive initially composed of the by-products of artists’ research and projects, the Arab Image Foundation (AIF) was established in Lebanon in 1997 by Fouad Elkoury, Samer Mohdad, Walid Raad, and Akram Zaatari, and has grown to include a staggering number and variety of photographic materials and subjects from the Middle East, North Africa, and the Arab diaspora. Consistent with the original intention of the archive, as simultaneously critical historical record and fund for creative work, Zaatari will select materials from the AIF’s twenty years to

  • Illustration from Persian poet Nizami’s “Haft Paykar” (Seven Beauties) (Shiraz, Persia, 1410–11).

    Hans Belting’s Florence and Baghdad

    Florence and Baghdad: Renaissance Art and Arab Science, by Hans Belting, translated by Deborah Lucas Schneider. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011. 312 pages. $40.

    IN HIS LATEST BOOK, published in German in 2008 and recently translated into English, Hans Belting turns to the invention of perspective and the consequences of its application in Western painting from the Renaissance onward. Belting, one of the foremost historians of medieval and Renaissance art, has published well outside his area of specialization before, but here he ranges especially far afield. His