The Art and Architecture of Ottoman Istanbul
Among this heterogeneous and imbalanced literature there is no single book that deals specifically with the Ottoman art and architecture of Istanbul in one beautiful, accessible, and comprehensive volume – in The Art and Architecture of Ottoman Istanbul Yeomans provides that book in the form of a beautiful coffee-table volume. He bridges the gap between specialist scholars and general readers, and he provides the background knowledge and understanding to appreciate and enjoy Ottoman art not only in Istanbul's mosques, palaces, houses and museums but also where it appears in museums around the world.SirReadaLot.org
This beautiful book allows the reader to appreciate the complexities and subtleties of Ottoman art and architecture as a whole, while simultaneously learning more about the history of one of the world’s most magnificent cities – Istanbul.
Bridging the gap between the specialist scholar and the educated general reader, the history of the city is discussed, from the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453 up to the beginning of the twentieth century when the Ottoman Empire was finally dismantled following the First World War.
This historical background appears alongside descriptions and illustrations of Ottoman architecture, regalia, textiles, books, ceramics, calligraphy and painting. Throughout, Yeomans presents the exhilarating alternative of Ottoman art, with its meaning expressed through non-figurative form rather than through the symbol systems and narrative of Western art.
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