Script United: Safavid Iran, Ottoman Turkey and Nasta'liq Calligraphy in the 16th Century

January 19, 2018 - 6:30 pm


Speaker: Dr. Simon Rettig, Assistant Curator of the Arts of the Islamic World, Freer Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

He investigates the reception and evolution of nasta’liq calligraphy in Turkey from the reign of Bayezid II (r. 1481-1512) to Ahmed I (r. 1603-1617) in a time when the transformation of the Persian script accompanied the creation of an original Ottoman visual culture. Dr. Rettig explores how calligraphy became a tool in artistic rivalries as well as political and religious struggles between Ottoman sultans and Safavid shahs.

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