Weekly Schedule and Readings

Weekly Schedule with Readings and Assignment Due Dates

Week One - January 20


Introduction - Framework for the semester and Begin orientation to Turkey - what you need to know, how to prepare. – info packs

Reading: Early Ottoman Art: The Legacy of the Emirates. Madrid: Museum With No Frontiers, 2002., pp. 15-32 and Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom, ​The Art and Architecture of Islam, 1250-1800​, Yale University Press, Pelican History of Art, 1996, Ch. 10 pp. 132 to 148

INTRO – clay prep and tile making…

ASSIGNMENT:  minimum 20 tiles 5 x 5 by Tuesday Jan. 29


Week Two - January 28

Day 1. TUESDAY JAN. 29

Pattern development and Tile making.

Using examples we will see on site – start breaking down pattern compositions, effect from distance and close up; examine panels – flow and divisions

From these patterns – begin by drawing patterns on paper with ink

ASSIGNMENT:  drawing from patterns developed in class continue practicing your brush techniques.  Prepare one vellum pattern for application to bisque tile -

Readings: Venitia Porter, Chapter 1 and 3 and Marilyn Jenkins, “Islamic Pottery: A Brief History,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series, vol. 40, no. 4, Spring 1983 (available on Jstor)

Day 2. FRIDAY FEB. 1

History: Islam and Art, Iran and other influences on the development of art in Anatolia - Architectural forms and civic design, palace and mosque

Readings: Blair and Bloom, chs. 4 & 5, pp. 37-69 and Hodgson, “Islam and the Image”

Week three – February 4

Day 1. TUESDAY FEB. 5th  

Begin creating bisque tiles (part of potential fundraising)  10 each due Tuesday Feb. 12 

DUE:  site proposals and plans for tile installation projects – individual or tandem teams–

Proposal should include consideration of site, it’s purpose within the community etc.  Measurements of the space are required – it will make you aware of the possible number of tiles needed.  

Day 2. FRIDAY FEB. 8th 

Seljuks in the fourteenth century and the rise of the Ottomans. Cultural connections between Turkey and Persia

Reading: Redford, “The Aleddin Mosque at Konya,” (available on Jstor); Review Blair and Bloom, Chs. 4, 5 and 10 and Necioglu, Age of Sinan, pp. 13-23

Week Four - February 11

Day 1. TUESDAY FEB. 12

Start Class in Appletree - Rise of the Ottomans - Begin discussion of early Ottoman Architecture in Bursa, and tile technology.

Readings:​  J. Henderson and J. Raby, "The Technology of Fifteenth Century Turkish Tiles: An Interim Statement on the Origins of the Iznik Industry," World Archaeology, Vol. 21, No. 1, Ceramic Technology (Jun., 1989), pp. 115-132 and Early Ottoman Art, pp. 127- 155

Glaze and load tiles – set up kiln teams

Day 2. FRIDAY FEB. 16 – Guest Lecture – Amer Latif

Readings: review discussion of Islam and images

Week Five - February 18

Day 1. TUESDAY FEB. 19

Looking at specific buildings, their component parts and where tile is used and what it might mean.  Bursa. Yesil Mosque and Tomb

Readings: Review last week's material on Bursa and Aptullah Kuran, "A Spatial Study of Three Ottoman Capitals: Bursa, Edirne, and Istanbul," Muqarnas, vol. 13 (116) 114-131(Please note this reading is optional - if you want to know more about the urban planning of Ottoman capitals, particularly Bursa, the article deals with all three cities that we will be visiting, so you can just concentrate on what he says about Bursa for this week and read the other stuff later)

Due:  final designs

Day 2. FRIDAY FEB 22 Conquest of Constantinople and the Ottoman state; one-on-one discussions of proposals - trouble shooting

Readings: Necipoglu, Age of Sinan, Chapters 1 and 2 and Ousterhout, Robert, “The East, the West, and the Appropriation of the Past in Early Ottoman Architecture,” Gesta, Vol. 43, No. 2 (2004), pp. 165-176

Week Six - February 25

Day 1. TUESDAY FEB. 26

Nuts and Bolts Discussion - forms and developing group norms, shared tasks, travel dos and don'ts


Mehmet to Suleyman

Reading: Gülru Necipoğlu, "From International Timurid to Ottoman: A Change of Taste in Sixteenth-Century CeramicTiles," Muqarnas, Vol. 7 (1990), pp. 136-170 and Necipoglu, Age of Sinan, Chapter 3.


Day 3. SATURDAY MARCH 2 – field trip – MET

Reading: Avinoam Shalem, ‘What do we mean when we say “Islamic art”? A plea for a critical rewriting of the history of the arts of Islam’ in Journal of Art Historiography,

no. 6: special issue, “Islamic art historiography” find at http://arthistoriography.wordpress.com/ and Walter B. Denny, “The Met Resets a Gem,” Saudi Aramco World.

Week Seven - March 4



4:00 Lecture: Walter Denny (see http://www.umass.edu/arthist/denny.htm ) PLEASE NOTE THE TIME – THIS LECTURE WILL NOT TAKE PLACE DURING REGULARLY SCHEDULED CLASS -

Sinan – Suleyman complex and Rustem Pasha

Reading: Necipoglu, Age of Sinan, Chapter 6, focus on Suleyman I and Necipoglu, “The Suleymaniye complex”


 Continue with discussion and examination of Sinan's work

STUDIO:  check in on project progress

Reading Review the above, come prepared to discuss

WEEK Eight -  March 11

No formal class this week – open office hours, students should be preparing for departure making sure their work for other classes is complete. One night this week there will be a meal at Felicity's house. Please note you are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO read Sinan chapter 8 before we set off for Istanbul.

SPRING BREAK - March 15 – 29 – IN TURKEY

(see Itinerary)

In-country Week 1 - Studio work in Iznik, end with Bursa and the Masters of Tabriz and cuerda seca.

In-country Week 2 - Istanbul Classic Ottoman Architecture and tile from Iznik: Palaces, Mosques and Tombs.

WEEK Nine - April 1

No classes this week – Office hours during class time, work in studio on projects, meet Tuesday evening for a debrief and discussion of trip. Begin to think about public presentation. SBC meeting Wednesday April 3rd, 8 am in Staples, be prepared to present your projects if you are going to petition to make your tile program permanent. Fundraising in the dining hall this week, organize table management and advertising.


Week Ten - April 8

Day 1. TUESDAY APRIL 9. Rustem Pasha and Sokullu Mehmet Pasha, comparative stylistic analysis of these and the Sultanic mosques

Readings: Necipoglu, Chapter 8 and Venetia Porter, Chapter 5


In the Studio working on projects; PLEASE NOTE: Final Designs are due today and you should have most of your tiles fabricated.


Week Eleven  - April 15

Day 1. TUESDAY APRIL 16 - Restoration practices in Ottoman tiles

Read: Denny, Walter B., “Quotations in and out of Context: Ottoman Turkish Art and European Orientalist Painting,” Muqarnas, Vol. 10, Essays in Honor of Oleg Grabar (1993), pp. 219-230 - available on Jstor and Denny, Walter B., “Dispersed Ottoman Unified-field Tile Panels,” Benaki Museum Journal, Athens, 2005, pp. 149-157

PLEASE NOTE: Make sure you read the second article on dispersed unified field patterns as that is very helpful in thinking through how your building site's tile program has been transformed since it was commissioned. The article on Orientalist painiting ought to help you think through how scholar's reconstruct the original appearance of buildings using any and all means available. It has broader cultural implications too, but you might find it most helpful again in thinking through how to understand the difference between the original appearnce of your site, and today.



Work on projects in the studio

Week Twelve - April 22

Day 1. TUESDAY APRIL 23 - The role of Kuthaya

Read: TBD

Day 2. APRIL 26

Work in Studio

PLEASE NOTE: Final Papers due

Week Thirteen – April 29



Week Fourteen – May 6

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