Professors Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair (Boston College), Professor Walter B. Denny (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and ARTstor have collaborated on the digitization and distribution through ARTstor of over 18,000 high quality digital images of the art and architecture of Islam. Images are from the personal archives of this team of leading scholar photographers.

ARTstor has been releasing these images in quarterly batches as they were received from the contributors. This last release contributes nearly 4,000 images from Walter B. Denny, and completes the collection in ARTstor. Denny’s primary field of teaching and research is the art and architecture of the Islamic world, in particular the artistic traditions of the Ottoman Turks, Islamic carpets and textiles, and issues of economics and patronage in Islamic art. Included are 350 images depicting “Islamic Customs and Religions,” almost 800 images from manuscripts, and over 1500 images of textiles, mostly from Turkey.

To browse and view all the images included in this collection: from the “Welcome Page,” click on “ARTstor Collections” and then select “Islamic Art and Architecture Collection (Sheila Blair, Jonathan Bloom, Walter Denny)” from the resulting list. You can also search for images from these scholars’ archives using their names as keywords (e.g. “Walter Denny”).

For more information about this collection see the Islamic Art and Architecture Collection page.