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The Artistry of Ottoman Ceramics

Walter B. Denny

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A panoramic overview of a spectacular and refined Islamic artform: Iznik ceramics


In this beautifully illustrated book, Walter Denny presents a new vision of one of the most internationally renowned Islamic artforms: Iznik ceramics. Covering both Iznik pièces de forme and the famous Iznik tiles that decorate Ottoman imperial monuments, Iznik integrates the entire spectrum of Iznik production, both tiles and wares, and the broader artistic tradition in which it originated.

Denny begins with a description of the particular nature of Islamic art under the Ottoman empire, as well as the methods of the craftsmen who worked under the imperial auspices. He then examines the links between the court style of Istanbul and the ceramic ateliers in Iznik itself, and the crucial role of the dominant styles of the golden age of Iznik ceramics and their most famous creators, Shah Kulu and Kara Memi.

The book showcases the array of motifs – floral, vegetal and figurative – used on Iznik wares, looks at the relationship between non-Muslim communities and the Ottoman empire, and closes with an examination of the rich stylistic heritage that Iznik ceramics have given to Western art. Gloriously illustrated in full colour throughout, this is a panoramic overview of a spectacular and refined artform.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Edition Type: Reduced Format edition

Size: 30.0 x 22.3 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 206

Publication date: 26 January 2015

ISBN: 9780500517888

About the Author

Walter B. Denny teaches art history at the University of Massachusetts/ Amherst and serves, one day a week, as Senior Consultant in Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He writes extensively on the art of Ottoman Turkey, and has been photographing the Middle East since he was fifteen.

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