The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire

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During his tenure as Chief Royal Architect (1539-1588) in the "Golden Age" of the Ottoman Empire, Sinan designed hundreds of structures that helped create the renowned urban image of Istanbul, particularly mosques with seemingly weightless, light-filled centralized domes that have been compared with developments in Renaissance Italy. His distinctive architectural idiom left its imprint over a vast empire extending from the Danube to the Tigris, and he became the most celebrated of all Ottoman architects.



In this lavishly illustrated, major new assessment of Sinan's oeuvre, Gülru Necipoglu challenges standard views of Sinan as a "Turkish Michelangelo" driven solely by an insatiable urge for artistic experimentation. Her innovative analysis shows that Sinan's rich variety of mosque designs sprang from a process of negotiation between the architect and his elite patrons, both men and women. Defined though they were by social and territorial hierarchies and associated notions of identity, memory, and decorum, Sinan's mosques simultaneously shaped these conceptions. The Age of Sinan draws on a wealth of primary sources to reveal the chief architect's monuments as bearers of previously unrecognized dimensions of meaning. A sophisticated study of the cultural and social history of Ottoman architecture, interpreting the oeuvre of a seminal figure in the early modern eastern Mediterranean world, it is must reading for scholars and students of art history and other fields with an interest in the Ottoman Empire.


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"An historical and sociological tour de force, this book is written--and written very well--with authority, skill, and grace. The scholarship is of the highest order. Gülru Necipoglu is simply the most technically accomplished, historically minded, and most important historian of Islamic art working today. This book will become the definitive study of Sinan--and of his age in cultural production."--Cornell H. Fleischer, University of Chicago, author of Bureaucrat and Intellectual in the Ottoman Empire: The Historian Mustafa Ali (1541-1600)


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Gulru Necipoglu is the Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University.

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Book Description Princeton University Press, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. Rebound in modern blue leather. White lettering to spine. 592 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, plans ; 29 cm. Clean, unmarked pages. Fine binding and cover. Hardcover. During his tenure as Chief Royal Architect (1539-1588) in the "Golden Age" of the Ottoman Empire, Sinan designed hundreds of structures that helped create the renowned urban image of Istanbul, particularly mosques with seemingly weightless, light-filled centralized domes that have been compared with developments in Renaissance Italy. His distinctive architectural idiom left its imprint over a vast empire extending from the Danube to the Tigris, and he became the most celebrated of all Ottoman architects. Contents: Introduction: Contextualizing Sinan --pt. I. Architectural patronage in the Classical Period. Imperial territory, social hierarchy, and identity ; The legal apparatus and memory ; Culture of architecture and decorum --pt. II. The chief architect as an individual and institution. Portrait on the divine maestro ; Institutional frameworks of architectural practice --pt. III. Interpreting mosques and mosque complexes attributed to Sinan. Sultans, princes and vassals ; Queens: wives and mothers of Sultans ; Princesses and their husbands ; Grand Viziers ; Viziers ; Grand admirals ; Provincial governors and administrators ; Officers of the Imperial Council and other dignitaries ; Aghas and attendants of the Inner Imperial Palace ; Merchants and tradesmen --Epilogue: Sinan's legacy --Appendices. Seller Inventory # 1309120008

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