The Light of the Orient
"The Light of The Orient" is a book which introduces His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah’s extensive collection that is part of the permanent collection of Orientalist artworks on display for the public at Sharjah Art Museum. The works include mainly British Orientalist artists who belonged to different art schools and embraced various art styles. The book is a very important contribution and is the first publication of this collection. It studies Orientalist works, giving a clear concept about the qualities and properties and the nature of topics addressed.
It allows both students and casual readers to examine the artworks and make themselves aware of the achievements of these travelling artists who recorded parts of the region in these unique creations that show a mastery of details and the concepts of drawing.
This book is not a study of the concept of Orientalism in its historical, political and social dimensions, but specifically studies this art group in terms of its artistic and aesthetic aspects within its historical context, addressing the nature of issues, locations and Eastern motifs which were revealed to the European artists during the 19th century.