Michael Barry: ABSTRACT: "The Moor of Venice: Averroes and the Representations of Islamic Philosophy in Medieval and Renaissance European Art"

The great 12th-century Cordovan thinker Ibn Rushd, Latinized as "Averroes", became emblematic of "Islamic Philosophy" itself in Late Medieval and Renaissance Christian European perceptions; this rich slideshow retraces the powerful image of Averroes in 14th- and 15th-century Western art that culminated in 1504 in the masterful Venetian painter Giorgione's enigmatic "Three Philosophers": with the Moor as its central figure, and why.