Tile with floral and cloud-band design. About 1578. Turkey, Iznik
After reading this chapter, you will be able to:
- identify the visual qualities and functions of objects produced under Ottoman patronage
- understand the role of the Ottoman court workshops in generating a unified dynastic visual language, seen across a range of media, that spread throughout the empire
At its height, the Ottoman empire (1299–1923) stretched across three continents and ruled over a linguistically, religiously, ethnically, and culturally diverse population.
Osman Gazi (reigned 1299–1324)—known in Italy as Ottomano, hence the English term Ottoman—was a Turkish tribal leader and the founder of the Ottoman dynasty.
Two different but distinctly Ottoman styles emerged in the court workshop.
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