Influences of Islamic Art on European Art: Trade & Diplomacy


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What was one of the elements that helped Islamic influences reach and develop in Europe?

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1. _____ were decorative elements adopted in Venetian architecture, which had Islamic influences.

2. Which was an artistic technique that developed in Sicily with Islamic and Byzantine influences?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These questions will test what you know about the Islamic influences on European art. Topics include one of the main reasons why aspects of Islamic art and culture were adopted by Europe and the decorative features of Venetian architecture that were also Islamic.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how much you know about the following:

  • Artistic technique in Sicily with Byzantine influences
  • Architectural style with Islamic features in Spain
  • Islamic influence on the Monreale Cathedral in Sicily

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of Islamic art to explain its connection to the art of Europe
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the way Islamic art spread over to European countries
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Islamic characteristics in Venetian architecture and an artistic technique that developed in Sicily from the Byzantine and Islamic style

Additional Learning

Learn more about ancient art with the lesson titled Influences of Islamic Art on European Art: Trade & Diplomacy. These topics will be explored in greater detail:

  • Islamic territories that replaced the provinces of the Roman Empire
  • Venice as a major commercial center and port
  • Norman control of Sicily and the Islamic artisans there
  • Islamic artistic traditions in European Christian art