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Iznik: The Artistry of Ottoman Ceramics [Hardcover]

Walter B. Denny
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13 Dec 2004
Walter B. Denny offers new perspectives on one of the most popular Islamic art forms. Covering both Iznik pieces de forme and the famous Iznik tiles that decorate ottoman imperial monuments, the book integrates the entire spectrum of Iznik production, both tiles and wares, and the broader artistic tradition in which it originated. Professor Denny begins with a discussion of the particular nature of Islamic art under the Ottomans. He then examines the relationship between the court style of Istanbul and the ceramic ateliers in Iznik in nearby Bithynia, and the crucial role of two styles - dubbed by the author the 'enchanted forest' and 'heavenly garden' (the saz and aux quatre fleurs styles) - and their creators, Shah Kulu and Kara Memi. Finally, he covers Iznik works with human or animal imagery, the patronage of non-Muslim communities within the Ottoman Empire, and the chronicle of destruction and damage of tiled monuments due to war, earthquake and fire. The book ends with a look at the extraordinary historical legacy of Iznik ceramics, from early imitations in the Ottoman Empire and Europe to the astonishing appearance of ceramics in the Iznik style created by European studio potters in the nineteenth century. The first book of Iznik ceramics to combine these different thematic elements, the book reflects Professor Denny's ambition, almost thirty-five years after completing his doctoral dissertation on Iznik tiles and after well over a dozen publications on the subject, to create a comprehensive overview of this beautiful and popular art form.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (13 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500511926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500511923
  • Product Dimensions: 34 x 25.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful illustration 2 Aug 2014
By sumrina
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Beautifully presented book. Excellent size as this is an art book and the printing does justice to the art work. My type of art book the way it should be lots and lots of pictures. Great commentary to go with all pieces describing not only heritage and history but also social and mythological importance's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just incredible 14 Jan 2013
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If you visited Turkey and liked the Ottoman pottery, this is the book. I saw this book in Istanbul but didn't have enough money to boy it... I then searched it in Amazon, more or less with the same price, and didn't think about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life-changing book 12 Jun 2007
By C. Greene - Published on Amazon.com
I'm not a fan of art or religion, I'm a practical sort of girl. I took a class on Islamic art though, and found myself fascinated by Ottoman ceramics. Finding this book in the library, I sat down and flipped through it, and to my surprise, found myself crying. Crying, because everything in this book was so beautiful. I've never done that before. I have to buy this book. I must own this. I've never felt so moved by anything my whole life, and I don't say that lightly. The photographs are exquisite, the details visible are finer than the unaided eye can see. The colors are beyond words. The historical context presented is well-written, interesting and exciting. I told my teacher after the class that she'd opened the door to a whole new world for me, and this book just blew that door off its hinges.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What a gorgeous book! 7 Jan 2008
By Mother Tere - Published on Amazon.com
I have been a collector of pottery for years. I own several pieces of Iznik pottery because I find the artistry superb.

My husband gave me this book for Christmas and I have been learning so much more about the pieces I own, the culture behind them, the motifs, etc. The photos in the book and the quality of the print process and binding are fabulous.

I am now proud to display this book on the table beside my pottery collection.

If you are a lover of beautiful art, a student of Ottoman culture or just a fan of gorgeous books... Do not think twice. This book s a wonderful publication!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 19 Jun 2008
By C. Strock - Published on Amazon.com
This is the authoritative work on the magnificent ceramics and tilework of 16th century Ottoman Turkey, one of the high points of Islamic art. Beautiful photographs; informative, readable text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iznik: The artistry of Ottoman Ceramics 5 Feb 2014
By bookreader - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has more information about Iznik pottery
than the book by Maria Ribeiro, yet, both books are excellent.
Many stunning color pictures throughout the book,
Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes your breath away. 15 Sep 2013
By Diane - Published on Amazon.com
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Gorgeous photographs along with fascinating historical information. Far more than just a coffee table book. Provides inspiration for artists and lovers of beauty in full measure.
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