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                                                              Art Of Calligraphy
                                                                  By Jerry Hall



   According to contemporary studies, Arabic writing is a member of the Semitic alphabetical scripts in
which mainly the consonants are represented. Arabic script was developed in a comparatively brief
span of time. Arabic became a frequently used alphabet--and, today, it is second in use only to the
Roman alphabet.

Arabic calligraphy is a primary form of art for Islamic visual expression and creativity. Throughout the
vast geography of the Islamic world, Arabic calligraphy is a symbol representing unity, beauty, and
power. The aesthetic principles of Arabic calligraphy are a reflection of the cultural values of the
Muslim world. A thorough investigation into the aesthetic differences between Arabic and non-Arabic
calligraphy might provide an approach for understanding the essential spirit of each culture.

Arabic calligraphy is a primary form of art for Islamic visual expression and creativity. Throughout the
vast geography of the Islamic world, Arabic calligraphy is a symbol representing unity, beauty, and
power. The aesthetic principles of Arabic calligraphy are a reflection of the cultural values of the
Muslim world. A thorough investigation into the aesthetic differences between Arabic and non-Arabic
calligraphy might provide an approach for understanding the essential spirit of each culture.

Contemporary scholarship stipulates that Arabic belongs to the group of Semitic alphabetical scripts in
which mainly the consonants are represented. Arabic script is derived from the Aramaic Nabataean
alphabet. It is a script of 28 letters and uses long but not short vowels. The letters are derived from only
17 distinct forms, distinguished one from another by a dot or dots placed above or below the letter.

The great calligraphers could write perfectly even without the proper tools and materials. Although a
calligraphic master might be deprived of the use of his preferred hand either as a punishment or in the
battle field, he would learn to write equally well with his other hand. When the other hand failed him, he
would astound his admirers by using his mouth or feet to hold the pen. Calligraphy entered a phase of
glory under the influence of Abbasid vizier and calligrapher Ibn Muqlah. According to Welch (1979), Ibn
Muqlah is regarded as a figure of heroic stature who laid the basis for a great art upon firm principles
and who created the Six Styles of writing: Kufi, Thuluth, Naskh, Riq'a, Deewani, and Ta'liq.

Paper would play a major role in countless subsequent inventions and would reform Arabic calligraphy.
This new medium of written communication had a decisive impact on every aspect of Islamic
civilization.

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                                      Introduction to Calligraphy
                                              By Paul Hood



Introduction to Calligraphy by Paul Hood


The ancient art of Calligraphy originated from the Chinese culture which is regarded as the most
sublime form of art. It is not only a practical technique for writing Chinese characters, but also a unique
Oriental art of expression and a branch of learning or discipline as well. As a branch of learning it is
rich in content, including the evolution of writing styles, development and rules of technique, history of
calligraphy, calligraphers and their inheritance in art, and evaluation of calligraphy as a work of art.
This branch of learning is wide ranging and deep, forming an important part of Chinese culture.

Much like chopsticks, calligraphy used to be wholly Chinese. As Chinese culture spread to Korea,
Japan, Vietnam and Singapore, calligraphy became a unique feature of Oriental art.

Calligraphy demands careful planning and execution as its strokes are permanent very much different
from other visual art techniques. A high level of discipline is required to make the experience satisfying.
It is a mental exercise that coordinates the mind and the body in choosing the best style in the
expression of the content of the passage.

A quote from Jan Stuart,

“Written Chinese, which is not an alphabetic script, developed more than three thousand years ago.
The first written characters were pictographs, but the vast majority of characters are abstract graphs
that consist of lines, hooks, and dots in set, reproducible patterns. By the fourth century A.D., eight
different script types existed (see Pl. I). Each type of script has its own compositional principles and
distinctive strokes: rounded strokes for script used on bronze and seals; flared diagonals for clerical
script; and thickening and thinning strokes for standard, running, and cursive scripts. Running and
cursive scripts are the most fluent, abbreviated forms of Chinese script. Cursive script is the extreme
example, with the characters often being written with a single continuous movement of the
calligrapher's brush.

The finest Chinese calligraphy requires that the assemblage of columns of characters (traditionally
read vertically from right to left) possesses an inner dynamism that invites the reader to re-create the
process of writing. Calligraphy is judged as much in terms of rhythmic cadence and artistic expression
as it is for legibility. Good calligraphy is said to resemble ascending dragons and soaring phoenixes.”

With a history of four to five thousand years, the art of calligraphy is rich and profound in content and
has attracted the attention of artists the world over.



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