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During the period between 1784 and 1790, Heinrich Friedrich von Diez, the Prussian envoy at the Ottoman Sublime Porte, in Constantinople, acquired his first three albums. A huge portion of the material in the five Diez albums had been culled from three albums of the Topkapi Palace. As his legacy, the albums entered the library, along with his enormous book and manuscript collection, in 1817, and were forgotten until 1956. The first section focuses on the genesis of the albums as physical objects and their early history and reception. The second, underlines the numerous interconnections between the contents of the albums kept in Istanbul and the assemblages of similar items in the Diez albums. The third, comprises five contributions with a focus on the Ilkanid period and a few observations on later, mainly Timurid art. The fourth considers pen and ink drawings in the Diez albums that embody different stages in the creation of manuscript illustrations, especially in the Timurid kitabkhana. The fifth section covers the Ilkhanid, Jalayirid, and early Timurid periods. The sixth, and last, sheds light not only on Persianate paintings that draw upon European or Chinese pictorial sources but also on those few artifacts in the Diez albums that are clearly of non-Iranian origin. Twenty-two chapters are divided into six parts: the albums and Heinrich Friedrich von Diez; the Diez and the Topkapi albums; the albums’ contents: from the Mongols to the Timurids; the albums’ contents: drawings and sketches; repatriations: the Diez albums as a source for reconstructing lost art; Europe, China and Istanbul: the albums in a broader perspective. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 672
Series Title: Islamic Manuscripts and Books
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Street Date: December 22, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-29-9413
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