Turks have had a tradition of illustrating manuscripts for thousands of years. The oldest examples of Turkish pictures, on walls, date around the 6th, 7th and 8th centuries. However, it is the work of the Ottoman Miniaturists which are recognised worldwide and have a special place in the history of Islamic painting.
In recent years the tradition of miniaturism has been revived with students being encouraged to follow and develop this art form. Scenes depicting the history, celebrations and daily turkish life during Ottoman times are the most common themes.
At Dalyan Ìz… we have a selection of miniatures depicting a variety of scenes illustrating Turkish life between 1400 and the early 1800’s.