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.