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Rania Ma'sarani's "Sculptures Inspired by Palmyra" Exhibition at Dar al-Assad for Arts and Culture

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Inspired by the rich civilization of Palmyra as well as by the cultural heritage of Syria and provoked by the destruction caused to this historical city by the foreign-backed takfiri terrorists and the looting of its artifacts, fine artist Rania Ma'sarani tried, through her solo exhibition "Sculptures inspired by Palmyra", held recently at Dar al-Assad for Arts and Culture in Damascus, to skillfully document the history of the archeological city and picture the details of the life of the Palmyrenes.

Damascene traditional handicraft is a magic made by creative Hands

Damascus is famous in its traditional handicrafts which are characterized by quality, perfection and beauty. The most important of handicrafts are pottery, glass industries, painting on glass, Arabesque design ornaments, porcelain and wood such as Ajami, in addition to mosaic, copper, marble works and stone and glass mosaics.

In a lecture on "Damascene Heritage Industries" delivered at the Cultural Center in Abu Rumana last week, Arfat Ota Bashi ,the most exalted Skillman "Sheikh al- Kar" said that the painting on wood or Al-Ajami reflects the talents of Damascene craftsmen and show their good taste and professionalism in this local industry.

The 19th Music Culture Festival kicked off in Homs

Homs,(ST)-The activities of the 19th Music Culture Festival started yesterday evening on the stage of Dar Al Thaqafa Theater.

 Homs Governor Talal al-Barazi spoke about the significance of this festival as Homs has become a historical dimension of Syrian culture, stressing that Homs deserves to be the capital of culture thanks to its cultural, literary, musical, theater and poetic heritage.

Aleppo’s School Of Iconography

In most faiths and beliefs there are specific symbols, signs and ways of expression related to this belief or faith. Believers usually tend to respect, and sanctify these symbols and signs to the degree of sacredness, and they depict them as an expression of piety and devotion. Christian artists of Aleppo adopted particular methods that became central elements in the art of iconography in theregion.

Linguistically, in Greek icon means picture. The art of drawing icons tended to be typical and symbolic rather than realistic. The icon is a picture that reflects piety and deep faith since it expresses love of Jesus Christ, Mary the Virgin, the apostles and biblical scenes. Some icons were sanctified to the degree of sacredness and worship. Emperor Leon the Syrian of Byzantium fought this tendency and returned icons to their normal status as mere works of art. But believers continued looking at icons with great respect rather than just pieces of art.

Most of the icons and religious pictures in Syrian churches and monasteries were drawn by Syrian monks. This art started in the sixth century when the picture of Jesus Christ appeared for the first time in Antioch in which Jesus was pictured as a handsome man with a small beard and long hair. The picture was named “Syrian Christ” andreplaced an old one drawn by Apollon.

The oldest icon in Syria is that of the Virgin Lady of Damascus, now found in Lafalita, capital of Malta, drawn by an anonymous Syrian monk. Iconography started inByzantium and spread all over the world, but Syrian artists, as from the eighteenth century, painted icons of traditional subjects and of local style where costumes, furniture and ornamentations are of Syrian, mostly

"Qamar Mousa" novel a transparent love story by Syrian writer Ghunwa Fidda

Love, hope and feminine passion are the core of a newly issued novel titled "Qamar Mousa” by Syrian writer Ghunwa Fidda.  The novel tells a love story between a woman (Qamar) and a disabled fine artist (Mousa) in an attractive narrative style.

The novel, published by al-Ghanem for Culture publishing House, is Fidda’s first literary production. It focuses on the cultural and social dimension of women’s personality.

The heroine, Qamar, is an educated woman with knowledge of Arab and foreign cultures. She has enough background of knowledge that enables her to play the role of an enlightened intellectual and a reformative person in the society which she wants to be overwhelmed by love and amity and positivity.