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ATypI 08 St Petersburg

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Starts at 09:30, 17 September 2008,
at Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, St Petersburg, Russia

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Bengisu Keleşoğlu, İpek Torun
Ottoman calligraphy from a modern perspective

Saturday 20 September | 16:20 – 17:10 | Session B13 in Palace B

This study focuses on the tradition of illustrating symbols with type as calligraphy, called ‘hatt’ in the Ottoman period. Because creating the image of men were forbidden by the religious beliefs, there stood the need for representing images by ‘hatt’ and therefore the calligraphy done by the masters were accepted as artwork. Breaking the traditional rules of using type and image seperately, type were used instead of images. Each calligraphic work, representing the images of animals and objects, has its own symbolic meaning. In this study the relationship between the imagery and the verbal meaning of Ottoman caligraphy are examined in the sense of the semiotics of the contemporary understanding. Theme: Arabic | 50 minutes