We had an amazing Ottoman miniature art session at Turkish Coffee Lady Gourmet Café in Tysons Corner Center Mall. We painted the Great Comet of 1577, shown left. Ottoman miniature was used especially to document important events. Only if they had an iphone…
Miniature was a part of the Ottoman book arts. Art work was not signed. Why? Well, each work was a product of so many artists. The head artist designed the composition of the painting and his assistants or apprentices painted the miniature.
This painting has a story, too. Ulugh Beg, a mathematician and a ruler, built a great observatory in Semarkant of Uzbekistan in the 15th century. Taqi Al-Din found mistakes in Ulugh Beg’s computations and convinced the sultan of Ottoman then to build the first observatory of Ottoman Empire in Istanbul, Galata area. Below are pictures of Istanbul Galata Tower today.