Originally seen in the
central Asia and Far East in the 6th century in Mani drawings, miniature
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