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MWNF Travel Books

Islamic Art in the Mediterranean | Turkey
2010, Paperback
2010, eBook
2002, Paperback
Title Early Ottoman Art
Subtitle Legacy of the Emirates
252 pages, 197 colour illustrations, 38 plans
Series Islamic Art in the Mediterranean
Country Turkey
Author(s) G. Öney (ed.), R. H. Ünal (ed.), A. Demir, İ. Kuyulu, L. Bulut, Y. Demiralp, Ş. Çakmak, E. Daş
Local Coordinator(s) Mehmet Kahyaoğlu, Yavuz Tuna
Photographer(s) Ertan Daş, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, İş Bank Collection, Library of Topkapı Palace
Publisher(s) MWNF, international co-edition
Languages English, Español, Français, Italiano, Türkçe.
Description Early Ottoman Art: The Legacy of the Emirates presents the artistic and architectural expressions in Western Anatolia and the emergence of the Ottoman dynasty in the 14th and 15th centuries. The Turkish Emirates developed a new stylistic synthesis by blending the Central Asian and Seljuq traditions and the legacy of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine past. The architectural schemes of mosques, hammams, hospitals, madrasas, mausoleums and the great religious complexes, columns and domes, floral and calligraphic decoration, ceramics and illumination testify to the richness of styles. The cultural and artistic flourishing that matched the rise of the Ottoman Empire was deeply marked by the distinctive legacy of the Emirates.

Eight itineraries invite you to discover 61 museums, monuments and sites in Milas, Selçuk, Manisa, Bursa, İznik, Karacabey, Çanakkale, Gelibolu and Edirne (among others).

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The apogee of Soliman's reign has for a long time obscured the various seminal disruptions brought into Anatolia by the precursors of the empire. Amongst these were the first Turkish emirates who took advantage of an ebbing Byzantine empire in order to establish themselves in the peninsula. The Ottoman dynasty would of course have the most celebrated destiny, but the architectural, artistic, intellectual, social and economic supremacy which, together with territorial expansion, would take the empire to its zenith, has also resulted in the radical initiatives undertaken by the emirates to reach the highest levels of sophistication in art and architecture. Having inherited a Seljuq Anatolia, itself heiress of Persian, Syrian and Iraqi influences and trustee of the major Christian builders in the Near-East, the emirates deliberately imprinted their seal in every region which had not yet been in contact with Turkish-Islamic culture, through continuous attempts at artistic, cultural and social innovations. This methodical enterprise that was undertaken over the 14th and 15th centuries resulted in a true cohesion which contributed to the empire apogee of the 16th century. This Museum with no Frontiers project, therefore, aims to highlight the immeasurable technical prowess which, applied in practice on Anatolian soil, would lead to the culmination of the varied typology of mosque designs: the ‘monumental unified mosque', for example with its central cupola; the architectural style known to have become the glory of the Ottoman empire. The effervescent inventiveness seen in the cultural and political centres Milas, Selçuk, Birgi, Manisa, Bursa, Iznik, çanakkale and Edirne, is revealed in the madrasas, and monumental tombs and the secular buildings, hammams or caravanserais, where a melting pot teeming with cross-influences yields, finally, a coherent and totally authentic creative style and a basis for the later art of the Ottoman empire.
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