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From International Timurid to Ottoman: Aesthetics of Architectural Landscapes extending between Central Asia and Anatolia in the 15th-16th Centuries

7 - 9 Jan '19 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm

This seminar focuses on the architectural cultures of Timurid and Turkmen Iran-Central Asia and the Eurasian Ottoman Empire during the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Iconic monuments will be contextualized in their urban, aesthetic, socio-cultural, and political settings. Transregional exchanges are explored alongside indigenous architectural traditions, with particular attention to materiality and ornamental aesthetics. An overarching theme is the translation and transformation of the international Timurid-Turkmen architectural idiom in the Ottoman capitals of Bursa, Edirne, and Istanbul.

Day 1 - Emergence of the Timurid-Turkmen Architectural Idiom in 15th-Century Iran and Central Asia

Day 2 - Translation of the International Timurid-Turkmen Aesthetic in Ottoman Bursa and Edirne during the early 15th Century

Day 3 - The Formation of a Distinctive Cosmopolitan Aesthetic in Ottoman Constantinople-Istanbul between the late 15th and early 16th Centuries.

Registration: Rs 3000/-
This public seminar series is also part of a course Islamic Aesthetics: 2019


Gülru Necipoğlu

Gülru Necipoğlu has been the Aga Khan Professor and Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture since 1993 at Harvard University’s History of Art and Architecture Department, where she earned her Ph.D. in 1986. She specializes in the arts and architecture of the pre-modern Islamic lands, with a focus on the Mediterranean. She is interested in questions of aesthetic cosmopolitanism, transregional connectivities between early modern Islamicate empires (Ottoman, Safavid, Mughal), and cross-cultural artistic exchanges with Byzantium and Renaissance Europe. Her studies have also addressed pre-modern architectural practice, plans and drawings, the aesthetics of abstract ornament and geometric design. Her critical interests encompass methodological and historiographical issues in modern constructions of the field of Islamic art. Professor Necipoğlu edits the journal Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World (Brill) and her books include: Architecture, Ceremonial and Power: The Topkapı Palace (1991); The Topkapı Scroll–Geometry and Ornament in Islamic Architecture (1995); The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire (2005, 2011). She recently edited the following volumes: The Arts of Ornamental Geometry: A Persian Compendium on Similar and Complementary Interlocking Figures (2017); A Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture, in the Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Art History (coeditor F. Barry Flood, 2017); and Histories of Ornament: From Global to Local (coeditor Alina Payne, 2016). Professor Necipoğlu is an elected member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Archittettura Andrea Palladio in Vicenza.


Registration Fees: Rs. 3000/-



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