When Constantinople Became Instanbul: Art of Encounter in the Ottoman Empire
October 6, 2016
Scholar Alex Dika Seggerman introduces the art and architecture of the Ottoman Empire. Founded in 1299, the Ottomans conquered Constantinople in 1453, transforming the former heart of Byzantium into the glorious capital of a new Islamic empire. The lecture will focus on the ways in which the Ottomans negotiated, adapted, and appropriated the art and architecture of the Christian realms, forging a unique and splendid visual culture to proclaim their power.
Alex Dika Seggerman received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2014 and teaches courses on art from the Middle East and the Islamic world at Smith College. She is currently working on her book project, Reawakening Modernism: Art in Egypt 1879-1967, which traces the development of the modern art movement in Egypt.
A recommended talk for those attending Othello in the Seraglio.
Co-sponsored with the Smith College Department of Art History.