Encounters with the Ottoman Miniature

Encounters with the Ottoman Miniature

by Begum Ozden Firat


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Encounters with the Ottoman Miniature by Begum Ozden Firat

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. Begüm Özden 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780763910
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 10/30/2015
Series: International Library of Visual Culture Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Begüm Özden Firat is Assistant Professor, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Department of Sociology, Istanbul, Turkey. She holds a PhD in Visual Culture from the University of Amsterdam and is the co-editor of Commitment and Complicity in Cultural Theory and Practice (2009).

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