SOAS-Alphawood Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art

Istanbul in the 16th Century

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18 October - 06 December 2024
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Course overview

The capital of an empire which was spanning across three continents, Istanbul in the sixteenth century was the most important city in the Eastern Mediterranean.

This online specialist art short course will explore the geography of the Ottoman capital and how it changed and reached its apex under the patronage of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. The lectures offer a wide view on the artistic output of the time, looking at ceramics, works on paper but also textiles and architecture.

The course is convened by Chiara De Nicolais and each lecture will be followed by a Q&A session which will provide a unique opportunity to engage with scholars and curators of the field.


The course features eight online lectures delivered via Zoom, every Friday at 1:00pm (UK time). Each lecture is followed by an extended Q&A session. All lectures will also be recorded and made available for registrants to view in their own time for a limited period.

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Fees and funding

Fees: £375

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