The Art and Architecture of Ottoman IstanbulHardback
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- Publisher: Garnet Publishing Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 240 pages
- Dimensions: 214mm x 288mm x 24mm | 1,338g
- Publication date: 15 August 2012
- ISBN 10: 1859642241
- ISBN 13: 9781859642245
- Edition statement: New ed.
- Illustrations note: c.250 colour photographs
- Sales rank: 978,053
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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Richard Yeomans was formerly the Coordinator for Art and Design at the Institute of Education, University of Warwick. The author of The Story of Islamic Architecture (Garnet Publishing, 1999) and The Art and Architecture of Islamic Cairo (Garnet Publishing, 2006), he is also a painter who has regularly exhibited his work in solo and mixed exhibitions in London and the Midlands.
An oversized hardback, this book is simultaneously an art book and a guide to Ottoman sites of historical interest in the city of Istanbul. It is more successful at the second than the first; while the photographs are abundant and well-reproduced, they are quite small and mostly distance views of architecturally significant buildings. The informative text has a level of detail appropriate for serious students of the city or Ottoman art and art history, in an accessible format. The overall effect is of a tour led by a guide with a deep knowledge of the city's artistic and political history. The author takes us from building to building, and within buildings, from room to room, mixing discussions of court history with details of ornamental style. The book is short on social history or cultural context, but contains a glossary of terms and a select bibliography. It will be of interest to general readers with a significant passion for its particular subject.