Cairo: Architecture and Artists

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Caroline Williams, Guest Lecturer

1 AIA CES Learning Unit|Elective

Free for ICAA Members
 / $20 General Public

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Please join scholar Caroline Williams in a discussion of Medieval Cairo which is without peer in the Islamic world. It survived the Mongol destructions of the 13th century, and the Westward influenced buildings in the 19th century. Western artists who visited Cairo after Napoleon’s 1798 expedition were intrigued and enthralled by this new world. This lecture will trace the city’s urban developments, its architectural highlights, and the rich culture that inspired these artists.

Caroline Williams is a scholar of Islamic art and architecture, with an expertise in the architecture of Cairo. After receiving a BA from Radcliffe College in history, Caroline traveled through East and Southeast Asia, India, the Fertile Crescent, and the Mediterranean. It was during this trip in 1962 that she first visited Egypt and developed an interest in its history and architecture. After 1962, she returned to Harvard to complete a masters in Middle Eastern Studies and then attended the American University in Cairo, where she earned a second masters in Islamic Art and Architecture. As an independent Scholar, Caroline has lectured and published articles dealing with Cairo in its various guises: as a city shaped by historic and contemporary forces; as a repository of the most concentrated, most varied and most chronologically extended collection of Islamic monuments; as a city explored in the 19th century by Western artists; and finally as a patrimony described anew by Egyptian artists in the 20th century. In 1985 Caroline published The Islamic Monuments of Cairo: The Practical Guide. Over the years the book has been expanded and updated, and in 2018, it appeared again in its seventh edition. She has taught courses in art and architecture in the United States and Egypt, and has been an escort-lecturer on various art and academic tours in Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia and Spain.

Image: Complexes of Sultan Hasan (1363), Mahmud Pasha (1567) Rifa’i (1912) & Amir Akhur (1503), Caroline Williams.

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