History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ARTH 430: Advanced Studies in Medieval or Islamic Art

ARTH 430-001: Ottoman Art
(Fall 2017)

01:30 PM to 04:10 PM F

Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1008

Section Information for Fall 2017

The vast Ottoman Empire was one of the great world empires in the early modern period from 1300 to 1923, centered in Constantinople/Istanbul and eventually spanning the entire eastern Mediterranean and much of West Asia.  Its arts have Turkic and Islamic roots, but also draw upon the artistic traditions of Byzantium, Armenia, Venice, Russia and Persia, all rivals and trading partners at various times.  In this seminar, we will learn the history of Ottoman art and architecture, focusing on the courtly arts, domed architecture, ceramics, textiles and manuscripts, taking advantage of extraordinary local museum collections.  We will also investigate cultural issues such as the palace and harem, Ottoman poetry and music, Sufi spirituality, minority communities, and the Empire’s dynamic relationships with Renaissance Italy and nineteenth century Europe.

This is a research seminar, with required weekly readings, class discussion, final research projects and Powerpoint presentations. Prior experience with Islamic, medieval or Renaissance art is helpful but not required—we’ll review those at the appropriate times.  Please note the unusual Friday afternoon time, chosen to allow for occasional required group study trips to Washington DC museums.

This course fulfills the 400-level requirement for the minor in Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology.  Students pursuing that minor will be directed to appropriate research topics.

Satisfies the writing intensive requirement in the major.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Studies a single topic in medieval or Islamic art. May focus on a particular period, region, or medium, or may explore cultural interconnections within medieval Eurasian world. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302 and a 300-level course in medieval or Islamic art, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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