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Suggested Readings and Resources

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Style and Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey. Exhibition interactive. Washington, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2005.
High school
See also the exhibition catalogue Style and Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey (London: Azimuth Editions, 2005).

Atıl, Esin. The Age of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. Exhibition catalogue. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1987.
Middle school; high school

Macaulay, David. Mosque. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
Elementary school; middle school
An in-depth look at the building of an Ottoman mosque in sixteenth-century Istanbul.

The Ottomans and Their Capital Istanbul. DVD. 39 min. Falls Church, Va.: Landmark Media, 2006.
Showcases the glorious heritage of Ottoman artists and architects by focusing on the close connections between architectural splendor and the religious message of Islam.

Roxburgh, David J., ed. Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, 600–1600. Exhibition catalogue. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2005.
High school
An important and comprehensive resource, especially for those interested in Turkish art and culture before the Ottoman period.

Ruggiero, Adriane. The Ottoman Empire (Cultures of the Past). New York: Benchmark Books, 2002.
Elementary school; middle school

Süleyman the Magnificent. DVD. 57 min. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987.
Explores the political, social, and cultural background of the Ottoman empire, concentrating on the forty-six-year reign of Süleyman. Distributed by UCArt. Available in Nolen Library.

"Tughra (Imperial Cipher) of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent (r. 1520–1566) [Turkey (Istanbul)] (38.149.1)." In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–.
This short video highlights the different components of an imperial calligraphic emblem:

Yalman, Suzan. Based on original work by Linda Komaroff. "The Age of Süleyman 'the Magnificent' (r. 1520–1566)." In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–.
High school


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Tughra (official signature) of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent (reigned 1520–66)

The lesson plan related to Art and Empire—The Ottoman Court features a sixteenth-century Tughra from Turkey.