Islamic Art of the Umayyad dynasty during the 7th and 8th century draws in artistic traditions from multiple cultures in the forms of motifs. Some regions which artistic styles are drawn from include Byzantium, Hellenistic and Roman art. One example of the influence of cultures on the art at the time is within the Dome of the Rock. According to the exhibition curators it “artistic details which pertain to Sussarian influence”. Roman art was also influential during the Umayyad period as can be seen in a floor painting from 727 found in Damascus, Syria that contains an image of Gaea from Roman Mythology. The curators also feature a wood panel out of Cairo between the 7th and 8th centuries that shows the influence of Hellenistic style that was common at the time. There were not many contributions to the wood working style by Arab artists. An ivory panel found in Aqaba, Jordan has artistic influence from Persian, central Asian, Indian and Coptic art. The exhibition has many pieces of Islamic art from the Umayyad period which contain influences from the artistic styles of cultures at the time. The range of influence different artistic traditions affected the Islamic art at the time varies case by case. Christianity and it’s significance at the time also guide the direction some art out of the Umayyad period would take. The Umayyad conquered many Christian communities and not only did the dynasty allow the continuance of art to be produced in the communities, but Christian motifs even began appearing in Islamic art. The exhibitions presents multiple pieces featuring symbols and representations from Christianity. The curators present a lamp base containing the famous fish of Christianity was found in Amman, Jordan in the 7th-8th century. There is no doubt that Islamic art of the Umayyad period received artistic influence from other cultures at the time. The curators make a point of this with the pieces that they chose to exhibit. However I would like to know the extent that these cultures did influence the art, and how the art that was produced could still be classified as Islamic art. I’m also interested in why the curators chose to mention Christian art since I assumed that if an artistic work is religious it is in a sense “bound” to that religion so it is interesting to see Islamic art with influences of Christian art. Overall the curators do back up their claim about Umayyad art but I don’t know if this art is representative enough of the Islamic art at the time.