Assistant Course Description Course Objectives Learning
PAINTING IN OTTOMAN EMPIRE - ARHA. 522 (1)
Class Meeting Location CAS B39
Class Meeting Times
TH B4,TU B4
Tuesday and Thursday 14.00-15.15
Number of Credits
Introduction to painting in the Ottoman Empire through the centuries, the art of miniature painting, manuscript illustration and album
making in the Ottoman palace, the formation of a distinctive style developed through the interactions of the visual traditions of the East
and West. The adoption of new techniques and styles such as murals and canvas painting as a result of encounters with Western art.
The course aims to introduce the students to painting in the Ottoman Empire through the centuries, studying the art of miniature
painting, album pictures and other media. In the first part of the course the formation of a distinctive Ottoman school in miniature
painting will be explained in view of the visual traditions in the east and the west in the 15th and 16th centuries. The second part of the
course will introduce the new stylistic tendencies appearing in Ottoman painting after the 17th century and the adoption of new
techniques as murals or canvas painting as a result of encounters with western art. The final discussion will be the formation of the
Fine Arts Academy and the introduction of new movements leading to the 20th century and continued in the Republican Period. Visual
material will be used in all the lectures.
The lectures will be given by the Professor every week. Required readings will be discussed accordingly. Maximum attendance is
recommended as each lecture is illustrated with visual material.
04/02/2014 Introduction (Techniques and traditions)
11/02/2014 Ottoman painting under the patronage of Mehmed II European artists at the court of Mehmed II and their impact
18/02/2014 The formation of an Ottoman style in painting. Manuscripts illustrated during the reigns of Bayezid II and Selim I
25/02/2014 Institutionalizing palace workshops at the court of Süleyman the Magnificent. Emergence of illustrated histories.
04/03/2014 Classical style in Ottoman miniature painting under the patronage of Murad III Great master Nakkaş Osman
and imperial portraiture
11/03/2014 Religious painting at the Ottoman court New patrons and new themes. Painting in the provinces
18/03/2014 Marvels and myths, Dynastic genealogies
25/03/2014 Album making and innovations in technique and style in the 17th century. End of court historiography
The eighteenth century. A new era in Ottoman painting. Western trends and techniques in works of great
masters Levni and Buhari, Rafael
15/04/2014 European artists working at the Ottoman capital. Imperial portraiture in new media
22/04/2014 Birth of a new genre of painting: Mural painting in the capital and the provinces. Emergence of oil painting
Institutionalized westernization in the Ottoman Empire. Art education and imperial collections. European and
Turkish artists working for the Ottoman court.
06/05/2014 The foundation of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts. Artistic activity at the end of the 19th century. Works of
European and Turkish artists
13/05/2014 New movements in painting leading to the Republican Period
20/05/2014 Paper Presentations and Conclusion
Final Grade, %
Discussion and attendence
Class discussions and weekly readings
Facsimile Editions of Some of the Illustrated Manuscripts Piri Reis, Kitab-ı Bahriye (Ankara, 2002). Kıyafetü'l İnsaniyye fi
Şemaili'l Osmaniyye/Human phjsiognomy or the Features of the Ottomans (Ankara, 1998). Mataliü's-Sa'ade ve Yenabi'usSiyade. The Book of Felicity, ed. Monica Miro, (Barcelona, 2007). Silsilename. The Geneological Tree (Ankara, 2000).
Subhatu'l Ahbar (İstanbul, 1968). Tarih-i Feth-i Şikloş,Estergon ve İstolni-Belgrad. Süleymanname (İstanbul, 1987). Tarih-i Hind-i
Garbi veya Hadis-i Nev (A History of the Discovery of America), (İstanbul, 1987).
General Sources Books And, Metin. Osmanlı Tasvir Sanatları: Minyatür. İstanbul, 2002. Atasoy, Nurhan and Filiz Çağman.
Turkish Miniature Painting. İstanbul, 1974. Atasoy, Nurhan. Surname-i Hümayun. İstanbul, 1997. Atıl, Esin. Turkish Art.
Washington DC, 1987. Atıl, Esin. Süleymanname. The Illustrated History of Süleyman the Magnificent. New York, 1986. Atıl,
Esin. Levni and the Surname. The Story of an Eighteenth Century Ottoman Festival. İstanbul, 1999. Çağman, Filiz and Zeren
Tanındı. Ed. by M. Rogers. The Topkapı Saray Museum. The Albums and Illustrated Manuscripts. Boston, 1986. İrepoğlu, Gül.
Levni: Painting, Poetry, Colour. İstanbul, 1999. İrepoğlu, Gül. An Eyewitness of the Tulip Era: Jean Baptiste Vanmour. Istanbul:
Koçbank, 2003. Milstein, Rachel. Miniature Painting in Ottoman Bagdad. California, 1990. Minorsky, V. and J.V.S. Wilkinson.
The Chester Beatty Library. A Catalogue of the Turkish Manuscripts and Miniatures. Dublin, 1958. Renda, Günsel, Erol Turan,
Adnan Turani and Kaya Özsezgin. A History of Turkish Painting. Seattle-London, 1988. Renda Günsel and Halil İnalcık. Eds.
Ottoman Civilization II. Ankara: Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Culture, 2004. Rogers, J. Michael. ?Mehmed the Conqueror:
Between East and West,? Bellini and the East, ed. Caroline Campbell and Alan Chong (London, National Gallery, 2005): 80-97.
Stchoukine, I. La peinture turque après les manuscrits illustrés. Paris, 1966. The Sultan's Portrait. Picturing the House of Osman.
İstanbul, 2000. Titley, Norah. Miniatures from Turkish Manuscripts. London: The British Library, 1981.
Articles Bağcı, Serpil. "From İskender to Mehmed II: Change in Royal Imagery," Art turc/Turkish Art. 10th International Congress
of Turkish Art. Geneva, 17-23 September, 1995. Proceedings. Eds. F. Déroche, C. Genequand, (Geneva, 1995): 111-125.
Bağcı, Serpil. "From Translated Word to Translated Image: The Illustrated Şehnâme-i Türkî Copies," Muqarnas 17 (2000): 162176. Çağman, Filiz. "Nakkaş Osman in Sixteenth Century Documents and Literature," Art turc/Turkish Art. 10th International
Congress of Turkish Art. Geneva, 17-23 September, 1995. Proceedings. Eds. F. Déroche, C. Genequand, (Geneva, 1995):
197-206. Raby, Julian. "A Sultan of Paradox: Mehmed the Conqueror as a Patron of the Arts," Oxford Art Journal 5 (1982): 3-8.
Renda, Günsel. "Representations of Towns in the Ottoman Sea Charts of the Sixteenth Century and Their Relations to
Mediterranean Cartography," in Süleyman the Magnificent and His Time. Acts of the Parisian Conference. Galleries Nationales
du Grand Palais. 7-10 March (Paris, 1992): 279-306. Renda, Günsel. "An Illustrated 18th-Century Ottoman Hamse in the
Walters Art Gallery," The Journal of the Walters Art Gallery 39 (1981): 15-32. Renda, Günsel. "Ottoman Painting in the Sixteenth
Century," in The Book of Felicity, M. Moleiro, ed. (Barcelona, 2007).
Bağcı, Serpil, Filiz Çağman, Günsel Renda, Zeren Tanındı. Eds. Ottoman Painting. Ankara: Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Publications, The Bank Association of Turkey, 2006.
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