Picturing History at the Ottoman Court

Picturing History at the Ottoman Court

Emine Fetvaci
Distribution: World
Publication date: 1/16/2013
Format: cloth 332 pages, 102 color illus.
8.5 x 11
ISBN: 978-0-253-00678-3
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The Ottoman court of the late 16th century produced an unprecedented number of sumptuously illustrated chronicles. While usually dismissed as imperial eulogies, Emine Fetvacı demonstrates that these books commented on contemporary events, promoted the political agendas of courtiers as well as the sultan, and presented their patrons and creators in ways that helped shape the perspectives of their elite audience. Picturing History at the Ottoman Court traces the simultaneous crafting of political power, the codification of a historical record, and the unfolding of cultural change.

Author Bio

Emine Fetvacı is Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Boston University.

Reviews

"An absolutely original work, full of good ideas and important points. Fascinating." —Pamela Brummett, University of Tennessee

"One of the most profound examples of new directions in scholarship dealing with 'the book' and 'the text' of the past few decades. It shows an exceptional breadth of vision." —Walter G. Andrews, University of Washington

"Very richly illustrated with roughly 100 generally good color plates, this is a handsome volume with great diversity among magnificant images . . . Highly recommended." —
Choice

"Well written, beautifully produced, and even affordable, this interdisciplinary book masterfully blends Ottoman history and art history to study the history of art and the art of history." —Intl Jrnl Middle East Studies

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration
Introduction
1. Circulation, Audience, and the Creation of a Shared Court Culture
2. Making Books at the Ottoman Court
3. Sokollu Mehmed Pasha and Illustrated Ottoman Histories
4. Chief Black Eunuch Mehmed Agha: Negotiating the Sultanic Image
5. In the Image of a Military Ruler
6. A Venetian Ottomanized: Chief White Eunuch Gazanfer Agha and his Artistic Patronage
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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