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The Sultan's World

Catalogue for the exhibition held at the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels at the beginning of 2015.

This publication provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in centuries-long history, which Europe has shared with the Ottoman Empire since the fifteenth century. Ever since the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the Ottoman culture was a source of constant fascination for European thinkers and artists. The Turkish sultans, in turn, were clearly interested in the European Renaissance culture and wanted to implement the ideals of antiquity in both politics and culture of the young Empire. This mutual fascination also had its dark side, marked by numerous wars and confrontation between the two flourishing worlds: the Christian Europe and the Muslim East.

The catalogue is a fascinating journey into the Renaissance world of old masters:Gentile Bellini, Albrecht Dürer, Hans Memling, Jacopo Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese, Titian and others. Thanks to them, the readers will be able to familiarize themselves with this lesser-known aspect of the period which was considered to be the moment of renewal of art, culture and humanist thought.

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