SAHARA Highlights: Allan Kohl

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | Jul 09, 2018

This month’s featured collection from SAHARA includes photographs taken by Allan Kohl, lecturer and visual resources librarian for the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. For years, he has supported the MCAD collection, and his own teaching, with extensive travel and high-quality photography, with a special focus on the ancient world and medieval and Renaissance Europe. Allan’s recent contributions to SAHARA have significantly enhanced our offerings in monuments frequently taught in architectural surveys. This selection illustrates the breadth of his travels, the quality of his images, and his attention to telling details.

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Lion Gate, Hattuşas, Turkey, 14th-13th century BCE. Photograph by Allan Kohl, 1998.

Treasury of the Athenians, Delphi, Greece, ca. 510-480 BCE. Photograph by Allan Kohl, 1989.

Detail of vault mosaic with Chi-Rho and symbols of the evangelists, Archepiscopal Chapel, Oratory of Sant’ Andrea, Ravenna, Italy, ca. 494-519. Photograph by Allan Kohl, 2001.

Fahan group of dry-stone clochans, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland. Photograph by Allan Kohl, May 18, 2000.

Detail of sculpted capital in south transept, Cathedral of Santa Maria Matricolare, Verona, Italy, 12th century. Photograph by Allan Kohl, May 25, 2001.

“Royal Portals,” west front, Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Chartres, France, c. 1145-1170. Photograph by Allan Kohl, 1990.

Detail of arcade between the Sala de los Mocarabes and the Courtyard of the Lions, Alhambra, Granada, Spain, 1333-1391. Photograph by Allan Kohl, May 31, 1996.

Donato Bramante, Tempietto, San Pietro in Montorio, Rome, Italy, ca. 1502. Photograph by Allan Kohl, 2001.

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