I was looking around the interwebz and particularly on Youtube when I this interesting video. It is about Islamic Architecture and Art in 3D animation, which I think is not on a specific subject but more about the general look of Islamic architecture. Here is the video –
I am not sure why the video shows as a link but…here is what is shown on the video.
The first part of the video shows the Taj Mahal. I believe I have saw this footage before as a part of a documentary on the Taj Mahal. It shows the Taj Mahal in it’s splendour, the camera pans around the monument, showing the gardens and the other buildings surrounding the elaborate Mausoleum. However, as I mentioned beforehand, this part of the video is actually taken from a documentary, which discusses the history of the building but also something most people don’t know. Generally, anyone who read the story of Taj Mahal know that it is a mausoleum for Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal…but not many know that there were plans to built another Taj Mahal across the river, opposite the one we see. As Mumtaz Mahal’s monument is of white marble, there were plans to built a black marble Taj Mahal on the opposite bank of the river, as the mausoleum of Shah Jahan…which unfortunately never came to be because his son who succeeded him thrown him into a dungeon before any building could even commence.
The second part of the video, in my opinion is the most interesting. It shows a 3D rebuilding of a monument in Isfahan, Iran (presumably, the Shah Mosque?) What strikes me the most is the recreation of the ceiling decorated with Muqarnas. The subject of Muqarnas, although very interesting, is a very complex one, and always escapes my mind when I try to study them myself. The video shows the geometrical pattern of the Muqarnas from the central star design falling down into other star shapes like a fountain, the waters forming complex shapes and lines which in the end shows it in it’s full glory with all the colours and Arabesques characteristic in Persian art.
And the final one is the recreation of the Holy City of Mecca, concentrating on the Masjidil Haram and the Kaabah. It shows, albeit in lesser detail, the surroundings of the mosque, the arcades surrounding the courtyard of which the Kaabah is in, and the Kaabah itself, as well as the other monuments such as the Maqam Ibrahim, the place where Muslims believe is the place where Ibrahim stood when he was building the Kaabah, the Hijr Ismail, the cresent shaped wall next to the kaabah, and the Hajar Al-Aswad, the black stone which believed to come from the Heavens.