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ENCOUNTERS WITH THE OTTOMAN MINIATURE: CONTEMPORARY READINGS OF AN IMPERIAL ART. Begum Ozden Firat. I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, London, 2015. International Library of Visual Culture, 11. 272 pp. with 17 ills. 23 x 15 cm. ISBN 9781780763910 In English.
Publisher's description: The dominant form of Ottoman pictorial art until the eighteenth century, miniatures have traditionally been studied as reflecting the socio-historical contexts, aesthetic concerns and artistic tastes of the era within which they were produced. Begum Ozden Firat proposes instead a radical re-reading of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century miniatures in the light of contemporary critical theory, highlighting the viewer's encounter with the image. Encounters with the Ottoman Miniature employs contemporary concepts such as the gaze, frame/framing, reading and re-reading, drawing on thinkers such as Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes and Gilles Deleuze to establish the vibrant cultural agency of miniature paintings. With analysis that illuminates both the social and political situations in which these miniatures were painted as well as emphasizing the miniature's contemporary relevance, Firat presents an important new re-imagining of this art form.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Near and Middle East/Islamic Art (Traditional) — Turkey — Painting
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 160031
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