Iznik: The Artistry of Ottoman Ceramics
Walter B. DennyISBN: 0500511926; 9780500511923;
The most up-to-date survey available of one of the best known and best loved forms of Islamic art. Walter B. Denny, Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts, offers new perspectives on one of the most popular Islamic art forms. Covering both Iznik piA?ces de forme and the famous Iznik tiles that decorate Ottoman imperial monuments, the book integrates the entire spectrum of Iznik production, both titles and wares, with 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 quartre fleurs styles)?and their creators, Shah Kulu and Kara Memi. Finally, he covers Iznik works with human or...