Tamara Sollinger, NELC
My project is to examine images of the Suleymanname, a 16th century illustrated manuscript of the Ottoman Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, and to compare these images to other paintings from earlier illustated manuscripts, such as the Great Mongol Shahnama and possibly some Persian miniatures. I will consider why the Sulyemanname was made and for whom. What were the authors and artists trying to say about Sulyeman and his reign? Why did the artists (or patron) choose these particular scenes to illustrate and does the order of these images mean anything? Were they inspired by earlier manuscripts, such as the Iskandar cycle in the Shahnama? I myself see significant similarities between scenes in the Great Mongol Shahnama and the Suleymanname. Perhaps one of the aims of the artists was to show parallels between Suleyman and Alexander the Great in order to make Sulyeman's story a new epic that was distinctly Ottoman. This project is for a course entitled 'Age of Beloveds' taught by Prof. Walter Andrews during Spring quarter 2005.