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The Sultan's Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art
September 21, 2012 through March 10, 2013

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Ottoman art reflects the wealth, abundance, and influence of an empire which spanned seven centuries and, at its height, three continents. The Sultan’s Garden chronicles how stylized tulips, carnations, hyacinths, honeysuckles, roses, and rosebuds came to embellish nearly all media produced by the Ottoman court beginning in the mid-16th century.  These instantly recognizable elements became the brand of the empire, and synonymous with its power.  Incredibly, the development of this design identity can be attributed to a single artist, Kara Memi, working in the royal arts workshop of Istanbul. The Sultan’s Garden unveils the influence of Ottoman floral style and traces its continuing impact through the textile arts—some of the most luxurious and technically complex productions of the empire.

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Selected Exhibition Images

This exhibition and its accompanying publication
are made possible through generous support from the following:

 Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne
Bruce P. and Olive W. Baganz
The Coby Foundation, Ltd.

Sylvia Bergstrom and Joe Rothstein
BHP Billiton Petroleum
Walter B. Denny and Alice Robbins
Alastair and Kathy Dunn
Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf

Richard H. Brown and Mary Jo Otsea
Vinay and Shonu Pande
Peruvian Connection
Roger S. and Claire Pratt

Terry Adlhock and Jeffrey Hunter · William and Sondra Bechhoefer · Jason and Melissa Burnett ·
Tina M. deVries · Institute of Turkish Studies · Robert J. Joly and Nancy S. Hewison ·
 Melissa McGee Keshishian · The Textile Museum Docents · Bruce J. Westcott




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