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Lecture: The Transmission of Islamic Calligraphy – A Living Art



Join The Prince’s Foundation – School of Traditional Arts for The Transmission of Islamic Calligraphy – A Living Art. A lecture by master calligrapher Nuria Garcia Masip.

The importance of writing the sacred scriptures makes Islamic calligraphy occupy the highest place in the hierarchy of Islamic visual arts and culture. Like other sacred arts, the transmission of the art of calligraphy is based on the master – student relationship. The student not only learns the technical aspects of correct gesture, rules of proportion and harmony, but also, in effect, the cultivation of virtues which will ultimately transform his or her artistic practice.

This lecture will focus on the methods of transmission used in the Ottoman school of calligraphy, past and present, the question of creativity within the classical canons, and the process of reaching mastery in this art.

Nuria Garcia Masip is a Spanish calligrapher belonging to the Ottoman school of Islamic calligraphy. She has studied for the past eighteen years with some of the greatest masters of this school and holds her diploma (ijazah) in the thuluth and naskh scripts from masters Mohamed Zakariya, Davut Bektas and Hasan Çelebi. She has won prestigious prices in international calligraphy competitions, exhibits internationally and has given workshops and conferences in many different countries. She is currently based in Paris, where she teaches regular calligraphy courses and engages in research and different calligraphy activities.

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