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The Arts of the Turkish Ottomans with Tiago Neiva


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Between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries, three Islamic dynasties–the Ottomans, the Safavids, and the Mughals–established themselves in three particular areas of Asia. Bordering each other, their domains covered, at their peak, a continuous territory ranging from Morocco to South India. These included geographies and cultures such as the Balkans, Maghreb, the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. They became the origin of three future modern nations: Turkey, Iran, and India.

Known as the three Islamic Gunpowder Empires, due to the profuse (and very innovative) strategic use of firearms on the battlefield, their political, economic, and military relevance placed them at the level of the most powerful Western nations. From the perspective of Islamic history, they became part of the second political and cultural flowering of the Islamic world, after the hegemony (and subsequent decay) of the Islamic Golden Age, in the medieval period.

Led by an expert on Islamic architecture and art history, Tiago Miranda Neiva, this seminar will explore the major achievements of Ottoman architecture, highlighting the Topkapi Palace, the mosques of architect Sinan, and traditional Ottoman houses. We will also explore the decorative arts, such as Iznik ceramics and tiles, calligraphy, textiles, and the Ottoman painting school.

Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the early modern Islamic Art, in particular, the cultural, architectural, and artistic achievements of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. In a parallel session, there will be a seminar exploring their political, religious, economic, and social dimensions.

This conversation is part of a six-part series on the Gunpowder Empires with Tiago Miranda Neiva. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of a six-part series.

Tiago Miranda Neiva was born and raised in Lisbon. For several years he was Professor of Arts and Art History, having a Master's degree in Teaching of Visual Arts. He is currently working towards a PhD focused on the Art and Architecture of al-Andalus: the confluence between the Arab, Jewish and Christian medieval world. In recent years he has been working as a tour guide in his hometown, seeking to show and reveal its most intimate secrets through an authentic and passionate local vision.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Efficient and well structured

Bravo, Tiago! You managed to convey the most essential features of the huge realm of Ottoman Arts, very pedagogical but delivered with a light touch. The “gunpowder empires” are my favorites so I’ve already signed up for the upcoming ones. Looking forward to them!

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Arts of the Turkish Ottomans

Very interesting overview of a variety of Ottoman arts.

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J.C.
Arts of the Turkish Ottomans

This overview of the arts of the Turkish Ottomans was very interesting. I especially liked the sections on the architecture - the development of the structure of mosques - and the part on ceramics. It was helpful to mention that the Gulbenkian Museum has a good collection of Iznik fritware so we could find good examples there. The session was jam-packed with beautiful visuals and covered a lot of ground. I ended up with 4 pages of notes. This session would be wonderful preparation for a visit to Istanbul.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
67%
(2)
33%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
T
T.L.
Efficient and well structured

Bravo, Tiago! You managed to convey the most essential features of the huge realm of Ottoman Arts, very pedagogical but delivered with a light touch. The “gunpowder empires” are my favorites so I’ve already signed up for the upcoming ones. Looking forward to them!

S
S.S.
Arts of the Turkish Ottomans

Very interesting overview of a variety of Ottoman arts.

J
J.C.
Arts of the Turkish Ottomans

This overview of the arts of the Turkish Ottomans was very interesting. I especially liked the sections on the architecture - the development of the structure of mosques - and the part on ceramics. It was helpful to mention that the Gulbenkian Museum has a good collection of Iznik fritware so we could find good examples there. The session was jam-packed with beautiful visuals and covered a lot of ground. I ended up with 4 pages of notes. This session would be wonderful preparation for a visit to Istanbul.