Istanbul Exchanges: Ottomans, Orientalists, and Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture

Istanbul Exchanges: Ottomans, Orientalists, and Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture

by Mary Roberts

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In Istanbul Exchanges, Mary Roberts offers an innovative way of understanding Orientalism by shifting the focus from Europe to Istanbul and examining the cross-cultural artistic networks that emerged in that cosmopolitan capital in the nineteenth century. European Orientalist artists began traveling to Istanbul in greater numbers in this period, just as the Ottoman elite was becoming more engaged with European art. By the 1870s, a generation of Paris-trained Ottoman artists had returned to Istanbul with ambitions to reshape the visual arts.

Drawing on materials from an array of international archives, Roberts reveals that the diverse cultures and motivations that coalesced in this vibrant milieu resulted in a complex web of alliances and exchanges. With many artistic initiatives receiving patronage both from foreign diplomatic communities and from the Ottoman court, visual culture became a significant resource for articulating modern Ottoman identity. Roberts recasts the terms in which the nexus of Orientalist art and the culture of the late Ottoman Empire are understood by charting the nodes and vectors of these international artistic networks. Istanbul Exchanges is a major contribution to the transnational study of modern visual culture and global histories of art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520280533
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 03/21/2015
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 974,153
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mary Roberts is John Schaeffer Associate Professor in British Art at the University of Sydney and the author of Intimate Outsiders: The Harem in Ottoman and Orientalist Art and Travel Literature.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction: Istanbul’s Cultural Traffic
1. Ottoman Imperial Portraiture and Transcultural Aesthetics
2. The Battlefield of Ottoman History
3. Gerome in Istanbul
4. Istanbul’s Art Exhibitions
5. Self-portraiture in Ottoman Istanbul
Epilogue: Istanbul Exchanges

Selected Bibliography

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