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Item Number: 112763
Title: Mustafa Ali's Epic Deeds of Artists : A Critical Edition of the Earliest Ottoman Text about the Calligraphers and Painters of the Islamic World
Author: Akin-Kivanc, Esra (ed)
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ISBN: 9789004178724
Description: Leiden: Brill, 2011. 25cm., hardcover, 488pp. with 9 b&w illus., appendix, index, glossary, plus 88 b&w plates. Summary: The earliest known Ottoman literary source about the lives and works of calligraphers, painters, limners, and book-binders of the Ottoman and Persianate worlds, Mustafa ¬liís (1541-1600) Epic Deeds of Artists (1587) was hitherto considered to be primarily a biographic dictionary. Based on a comprehensive reading of the descriptive and analytic tools of ¬liís biographical writings as well as his passionately penned personal reflections on sixteenth-century attitudes toward art and artists, this critical edition by Esra Akin brings to the fore the significance of Epic Deeds not only as a guide to the connoisseurs and aficionados of the time, but also as a fascinating commentary by a prominent intellectual on the spiritual meaning and material value of art. (Islamic History and Civlization, Studies and texts, 87 )

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