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Patterns of Art Consumption across the Modern Mediterranean | Masterclass 4

  • Mercedes Volait
Wednesday 1 November 2017
LUCIS Fall Fellow 2017: Mercedes Volait
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden

LUCIS visiting fellow Mercedes Volait - masterclasses

These masterclasses are given in conjunction with LUCIS visiting fellow Mercedes Volait's lectures on patterns of art consumption across the modern Mediterranean. The masterclasses propose to introduce students to the existence and possible uses of little-known primary material relevant to the issues discussed. Sales catalogues, auction minutes, museum records, press clippings, photographs of places, interiors and objects, as well as architectural drawings, represent some of the primary sources that will be exposed and analyzed. In addition, the reading of selected Arabic sources such as 19th-century chronicles, journalistic writing or travelogues, will be proposed. In doing so, the masterclasses aim to demonstrate the added-value gained by the combination, confrontation and cross-checking of different types of data, language-wise or media-wise, that are usually considered in isolation rather than in conjunction.

In the fourth masterclass, participants will engage with Harvard PhD student Deniz Türker's article on "Hakky-Bey and his Journal":

A bilingual periodical published in 1898, titled Le Miroir de l’Art Musulman for its French audience and Mirʾāt-ı ṣanāyiʿ-i islāmiye for the Ottoman one, introduced its readership to the world of Islamic art in two idiosyncratic issues. A certain Hakky-Bey, the sole author behind these issues and a well-regarded antiques dealer in Paris, intended to introduce his vast collection to readers through meticulously arranged lithographs of his objects. In other words, he told the story of Islamic art through exemplary items from his collection. In parsing the contents of the journal, this article attempts to construct Hakky-Bey’s biography and reveal the sociopolitical and cultural routes, as well as the cosmopolitan networks, that shaped the unexpected trajectory of his career. As an independent Ottoman scholar, Hakky-Bey played a crucial role in the emerging field of Islamic art at the end of the nineteenth century, for which scholarship has given undue credit to European “Islamophiles.” 



To register for the class, please send an email to lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl. After registering, you will receive the reading materials via email. The classes are open to advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and PhD students from Leiden University.

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