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Originally seen in the central Asia and Far East in the 6th century in Mani drawings, miniature entered its
process of development with the Turks coming to Anatolia and reached its golden age in the 16th century
as Ottoman highly honored this branch of art as well as many others.

In general, scenes of war and hunting and historical events are miniaturized as ornaments of manuscripts
gaining them a documentary quality. Matrakci Nasuh and Levni, who give use are examples to these
miniatures of documentary quality.

Miniature is basically divided into Ottoman and Persian styles, where the Ottoman style prefers a more plain
expreeion emphazing the documentary aspect and the Persian style uses a highly rich and complex expression
and detailing. Their common and basic characteristic is their 2D expression reaped of light and shadow effects
and perspective, which characteristic is the defination of miniature.

Applied on many base materials such paper, ivory, bone and marble, the miniatures attract a global interest
 with both the originals and imitated or authentic new compositions.

(...from the booklet of ADN)

some Miniature samples from the ADN booklet


Illimination - Tugra - Ferman - Marbling - Engraving - Calligraphy - Miniature - View of Turkey


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