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turkish miniatures of the ottoman period 

the series withdraws the book-size master works of miniatures of  the ottoman empire from their sacred bindings and emphasizes their visual beauty on large scale canvases.  these miniatures, rich in detail and ornamentation and loaded with intricate symbolism, are depicting the splendour of the colorful crowds from the scenes of wars, royal ceremonies or hunting parties. the portraits from the court in their striking outfits and with their almost all-alike faces, small mouths and chinese eyes, arrogantly display the glamorous way of life of the ottoman palace.  while some of the portraits belong to the most powerful  and exceptional personalities of the empire; others are just ordinary officials of the palace

the series contains  37  paintings

 

 

 

 

 

199918  /  the book of festival of vehbi / detail from the scene  “ the games of javelin”
/ janissary / nakkaş levni  / 1720  /  museum of topkapı palace / a.3593, y.42b / istanbul   
/  oil painting on canvas / 80 x 85 cm 

 

  

 

199911  /  the book of glory / detail from the scene “sinan pascha dictating a firman ordering
the return of the army to the winter quarters at the end of tebriz campaign” / mustafa ali of
gelibolu / museum of topkapı palace / h.1365 / istanbul  /  oil painting on canvas / 100 x 120 cm 

 

  

 

199910  /  the book of accomplishments / detail –v- from the scene “sultan suleyman ı at
the hunting party” / lokman / 1587-8 / museum of topkapı palace / h.1524, y.52b / istanbul 
/  oil painting on canvas  / 100 x 120 cm

 

  

 

199915  /  the royal book of sultan selim khan / detail from the scene “scholar şemseddin
karabağ, writer seyyid lokman, calligrapher ilyas kâtip, painter osman and the assembly of
writers” / the apprentices bringing the books / nakkaş osman / 1581 / museum of topkapı
palace / a.3595, y.9a / istanbul /  oil painting on canvas  100 x 120 cm

 

  

 

199812  /  the book of suleyman the magnificent / detail - ı - from the scene “hunting of
suleyman the magnificent by menderes river holding a falcon” / the master of the imperial
ward / nakkaş osman / 1558 / museum of topkapı palace / h.1517, y.132a / istanbul /  oil
painting on canvas / 50 x 50 cm 

 

  

 

199902  /  album / detail from “the portrait of a sleeping young woman” / nakkaş levni
/ 1720 / museum of topkapı palace / h.2164 / istanbul  /  oil painting on canvas / 50 x 50 cm 

 

  

 

199903  / album / detail from “the portrait of imperial guard halil bin uveys ağa” / nakkaş
levni / 1710-20 / museum of topkapı palace / h.2164, y.3a / istanbul /  oil painting on canvas    
50 x 50 cm 

 

  

 

199816  /  the imperial book of festival / detail from the scene “the mevlevi dervishes
performing for the sultan” / lokman / 1582-3 / museum of topkapı palace / h.1344 /
istanbul  /  oil painting on canvas  / 50 x 50 cm 

 

  

 

199904  /  the book of accomplishments / detail – ıv – from the scene “sultan süleyman
ı at the hunting party” / master of the imperial ward carrying the golden water flask /
lokman / 1587-8 / museum of topkapı palace / h.1524, y.52b / istanbul  /  oil painting
on canvas / 50 x 50 cm 

 

  

 

199813  /  the book of festival of vehbi / detail from the scene “the games of javelin at
okmeydanı” / nakkaş levni / 1720 / museum of topkapı palace / a.3593, y.42b / istanbul 
/  oil painting on canvas  / 50 x 50 cm 

 

  

 


199814  /  the book of accomplishments /detail from the scene “murat  ı spearing at
the armored wolf” / lokman / 1584 / museum of topkapı palace / h.1523 / istanbul  /  
oil painting on canvas / 50 x 50 cm 

 

  

 

199905  /  the book of accomplishments  / detail from the scene  “suleyman the magnicent
shooting three boars with a single shot”  /  the gardeners / lokman / 1587 / museum of topkapı
palace / h.1524, y.55b / istanbul  / oil painting on canvas /  50 x 50 cm