By Fariba Zarinebaf

This vividly particular revisionist heritage exposes the underworld of the biggest city of the early glossy Mediterranean and during it the whole textile of a fancy, multicultural society. Fariba Zarinebaf maps the historical past of crime and punishment in Istanbul over a couple of hundred years, contemplating transgressions reminiscent of riots, prostitution, robbery, and homicide and even as tracing how the state Read more...

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Such Ottoman depictions of everyday life differed from what European artists were representing. 13 However, the Enlightenment writers were really critiquing the despotism and decadence of the court Istanbul in the Tulip Age 15 of Louis XIV when they focused on the cruelty of harem life in the Ottoman Empire and Persia. 15 The slave market manifested the sexual violence of the Turk against his Christian victim, a theme that became more popular in the nineteenth century. These works were fantasies of Muslim sexuality that reflected the imagination of Western artists, voyeurs, and spectators more than the actual subjects they depicted.

Jean-Baptiste Vanmour, The Scene of a Picnic, 1726. Courtesy of Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Ahmed III, commissioned Vanmour in 1726 to paint scenes of embassy receptions to the sublime court and of daily life in Istanbul in the Tulip Age. One painting of a picnic shows janissaries and prostitutes drinking in a public park (see figure 2). A student of Musavvir Hüseyn who was influenced by Vanmour, the illustrious painter of the late seventeenth century Abdülcelil Levni (d. 11 Under the patronage of Sultan Ahmed III, he also illustrated the festival of 1720 in his Surname-yi Vehbi (Book of Festivities), which depicted the sultan, his grand vizier Ibrahim Pasha, and state dignitaries, together with Istanbul’s population, watching the parade of guilds, janissaries, and entertainers.

28 Political and Social Setting and the Dolmabahçe palace as well as Yıldız Palace were located in Beşiktaş. 78 Ottoman princesses Beyhan Sultan (1765–1824) and Esma Sultan the elder (1726–88) also owned palaces in Ortaköy and Bebek. 81 Üsküdar also contained mosque complexes endowed by royals. The great mosque complex called the Atik (old) Valide Cami was built by the great architect Sinan for Nur Banu Sultan, mother of Murad III, in 1583. It was composed of a mosque, medrese, hospice, bath, and guesthouse.

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