The Aesthetic of the Geometrical Shapes for the Manuscripts of the Holy Qur’an at the Walters Arts Museum

  • Saba Qais Al-Yassiry, Imad Hmoud Twaij


The manuscript is of great importance, every nation and civilization has a written history and this history is called the manuscript, but the Qur'anic manuscripts are spiritual codes of the word of God, the holy one. The need and importance of these manuscripts will not end as they are a treasure, relic and heritage that peoples and nations are proud of.  In this study, an attempt to delve deep into the Walters Museum's art library, to investigate the aesthetics of Qur'anic manuscripts, and to stop on a rare manuscript cut from a Qur’an from the 12th century AH (18th century A.D.) as a model for these manuscripts by identifying this rare manuscript and stopping on the concept of beauty in Islamic thought and the symbolism of geometric forms in Islamic art, finished study by analyzing some geometric forms in this rare manuscript. The study concluded that decorative compositions acquire aesthetic values through reduction. Moreover, the relationships between geometric shapes and plant vocabulary are encouraged. In addition to, geometric shapes give strength and stability to the scene through framing and selection.