Picturing History At The Ottoman Court by Emine FetvaciPicturing History At The Ottoman Court by Emine Fetvaci

Picturing History At The Ottoman Court

byEmine Fetvaci

Hardcover | February 6, 2013

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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 Fetvac 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.

Emine Fetvac is Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Boston University.
Title:Picturing History At The Ottoman CourtFormat:HardcoverDimensions:332 pages, 11 × 9 × 1.3 inPublished:February 6, 2013Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253006783

ISBN - 13:9780253006783


Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration
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

Editorial Reviews

This is a book for the specialist as well as the intelligent undergraduate, as its exceptional clarity of organization and exposition makes complex and overlapping dynamics readily meaningful. The lavish illustration (102 colour plates) and the author's interest in comparative imperial practices add to its depth.