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The Art of the Sultans: Ottoman Art and Architecture

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Summer School Short Course, Week 2

The Art of the Sultans: Ottoman Art and Architecture

  • Monday 20 July 2015
    PLEASE NOTE: This Date Has Passed
    12:00 am - 12:00 am

    The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN


  • Dr Antonia Gatward Cevizli - Courtauld

The skyline of Istanbul is one of the most recognisable in the world. However, the Ottoman artistic tradition tends to be less widely known. This course traces the most significant developments of Ottoman art and architecture from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries. From the Green Mosque in the former Ottoman capital of Bursa, we will progress to Edirne and then on to that great prize: Istanbul. The Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453 was a major turning point, changing the way the Ottomans saw themselves and how they were regarded by others. Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror initiated the city’s makeover, which transformed it into the capital of the Ottoman Empire.

Our exploration of the art of the sultans will introduce us to patrons of the arts, such as Süleyman the Magnificent, the architect Sinan (often referred to as ‘the Michelangelo of the East’), and the most impressive sites of Istanbul, including the Topkapi Palace and the Süleymaniye Mosque. We will discover Ottoman carpets in the paintings of the National Gallery and explore the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum’s collections of textiles, Iznik ceramics and metalwork as well as coming face-to-face with Gentile Bellini’s portrait of Sultan Mehmed II.

About the lecturer

Dr Antonia Gatward Cevizli completed her PhD at the University of Warwick, specialising in cultural exchange between Italy and the Ottomans in the fifteenth century. During her undergraduate degree in History of Art and Italian and her MA in History of Art, she studied in Siena and Venice. She has taught History of Art at Sabanci University, Istanbul. Antonia is a Course Leader at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and also works as a gallery lecturer for the Tate Galleries and teaches on the V&A year course. Her publications have focused on cultural and diplomatic exchange between Italy and the Ottomans.

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