The 16th International Congress of Turkish Arts took place in Ankara between October 3 and 5, 2019.  Prof. Serpil Bağcı , Hacettepe University, was the President of the Organizing Committee whose other members were Prof. Ömür Bakırer, METU, Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu, Koç University in Istanbul, Pelin Şahin Tekinalp, Hacettepe University, and Murat Kocaaslan, Hacettepe University.

Since the organization of the 10th Congress of Turkish Art that took place in Geneva in 1995, the Max van Berchem Foundation has sponsored several editions of the congress over the years, specifically offering scholarships to young scholars to allow them to attend this event. In 2019, these scholarships were granted to 14 scholars (identified with *) from Europe, Kazakhstan and U.S.A. (Dilyara ALIADINOVA, Institute of Archaeology/National Ukrainian Academy of Science in Kiev, Bilal BADAT, The University of Tübingen, Yasemin BAĞCI, independent scholar in Amsterdam, Jacques BURLOT, Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée in Lyon (France), Zohirul ISLAM, Center for Heritage Studies in Bangladesh, Cailah JACKSON, University of Oxford, Gulbanu KOSHENOVA, Akhmet Yassawi University in Turkistan, Khalida MAHI, independent scholar in Aix-en-Provence, Ilenia PITTUI, Ca’Foscari University in Venice (Italy), Kristyna RENDLOVA, University of Oxford, Saarthak SINGH, New York University, Fırat ŞEKER, Otto-Friedrich University in Bamberg, Nicola VERDERAME, Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies in Berlin, Özlem YILDIZ, School of Oriental and African Studies in London) and 10 from Turkey (Ecem ALTINKILIÇ, İstanbul University, Serpil AYHAN, Hacettepe University in Ankara, Halil ELEMANA, Hacı Bayram Veli University in Ankara, Špela GROŠELJ, Istanbul University, Dila GÜMÜŞ MÜJDE, Istanbul University, Muzaffer KARAASLAN, Hacettepe University, Defne KUT NAZ, Koç University in Istanbul, Zeynep ÖZALTIN, Marmara University in Istanbul, Arda C. ÖZSU, Hacettepe University, Müge  ŞEN, Ankara University).


Max van Berchem Foundation's scholarships' abstracts



Thursday 3 October 2019 -Opening Session

Welcoming Remarks

An edited version of “About Suut Kemal” documentary

Günsel Renda: Suut Kemal Yetkin and Turkish Art Historiography

Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu: ICTA after 60 Years


Thursday 3 October 2019 -First Session

The Arts of the Book

Chair: François Déroche

Cailah Jackson: The Karamanids and Their Illuminated Manuscripts in Fourteenth-Century Konya*

 Alison Ohta: Another Small Piece in the Puzzle: Using Tooled Impressions on Ottoman and Mamluk Bindings of the 14th and 15th Centuries as a Means of Establishing Dating and Provenance

Simon Rettig: Announcing Victory: An Early Sixteenth-Century Copy of Sura Al-Fath Sent From Istanbul to Cairo


Collections and Collectors

Chair: Gülru Necipoğlu

Zeynep Atbaş: An Important Collection from the Topkapı Palace Manuscript Treasury: the Enderun Library of Sultan Ahmed III

Ahmet Ersoy: “Network of Curiosity:” Abdülhamid II’s Visual Archives

Deniz Türker: Abdüllatif Subhi Paşa’s Cabinet of Coins: Ottoman Bibliophilia, History, and Egypt

Sabiha Göloğlu: Royal Women, the Dalā’il Al-Khayrāt, and the En’ām-ı Şerīf: Private Ownership and Endowment of Prayer Books



Chair: Rahmi Hüseyin Ünal

Ayşıl Tükel Yavuz : A Seljuk Caravansaray on the Samsun-Amasya Road: Çakallı Han

Pınar Gnepp: Wooden Muqarnas Capitals in The Mosques of Medieval

Tuba Akar: Fire, Water, Steam and Smoke: TechnicalProblems/Questions of the Hamam

 Fırat Şeker: Sinan’s Other*


Thursday 3 October 2019 -Second Session

The Arts of the Book

Chair: Bernard O’Kane

Nil Baydar: Manuscripts Dedicated to Sultan Mehmed II in the Turhan Valide Sultan Collection: A Codicological Analysis

Elif Saraç: Watermarks in the Manuscripts of the Ankara Ethnography Museum Collection

Abdulbari Demir: Conserving the Shah Tahmasp Album

Paul Hepworth: The Shah Tahmasp Album and Its Potential Influence on Ottoman Album-MakersBirinci


Collections and Collectors

Chair: Şule Pfeiffer Taş

Sibel Alpaslan Arça - Kadriye Özbıyık: The Order of the Garter Awarded to Sultan Abdulaziz: An Example of the Changing Balance of Power in the 19th

İ. Meltem Çetinkök Afşar: Turkish Handicraft Collection of Sami Bey and his Wife Sıdıka Nevin in the Context of Historical and Cultural Heritage Otu

Ayşegül Güngören: From Crete to Söke, A Population Exchange Story: The Ahmet Hilali Uzbek Family Collection

Zeynep Demircan Aksoy: An Illuminated Ilkhanid Qur’an Juz Belonging to the Waqf of Yusuf Ziya Pasha in Keban



Chair: Baha Tanman

Ammar İbrahimgil: Examples of Grave Chambered (Crypt) Tombs in Early Ottoman Skopje: The Tombs of Paşa Yiğit Bey and İshak Bey

I. Çiçek Akçıl Harmankaya: An Example to the Bridge Pavilions: The Inscription Pavilion of Edirne Meric-Mecidiye Bridge and its Decoration

Damla Gürkan Anar: Sultan Ahmed Mosque’s Decorative Program and Furnishings

Muzaffer Karaaslan: Following an Ecole in the Ottoman Wall Paintings in Kosovo*


Thursday 3 October 2019 -Third Session

The Arts of the Book

Chair: Michele Bernardini

Lale Uluç - Bora Keskiner: From Scrolls to Albums and the Birth of the Qıt’a in Ottoman Calligraphy

Bilal Badat: The Art of Completing Unfinished Manuscripts in Ottoman Calligraphy*

Ayşe Aldemir Kilercik: An Unusual Form of Art Installation: Three-Dimensional Sufi Panels



Chair: Oya Pancaroğlu

Nurşen Özkul Fındık: The Diversity of Decorating Techniques in Artuqid Unglazed Ceramics

Yasemin Bağcı: Ceramics and Cultural Interaction in 14th-Century

Jacques Burlot and Yona Waksman: Defining the Decoration ProductionTechnology of an Early OttomanPottery: The Case of the “Miletus Ware”*


Artistic Interactions

Chair: Hans Georg Majer

Swietlana Czerwonnaja: The Image of the Turkish City in the Shamails of Kazan Tatars and in The Muhirs of Lithuanian Tatars: An Outside Perspective?

Andrzej Drozd: Ottoman Emblem and Devotional Figures Found in Manuscripts of the Polish-Lithuanian Tatars

Gulbanu Koshenova - Yerlan Zhiyenbayev: An Example of Mosque Architecture from Kyzylorda Region, Kazakhstan:Gani Bay Mosque*


Friday 4 October 2019 -First session

The Arts of the Book

Chair: Alison Ohta

Fatma Sinem Eryılmaz: Where Geography, Myth, and Politics Meet: An Interpretation of The Terrestrial Disk of The Ottoman Imperial Scroll

Kristyna Rendlova : The Topkapı Palace Portrayed in the 16th-Century Ottoman Illustrated Manuscripts: Between Imperial Ideology and Pictorial and Architectural Models*

Ciğdem Kafescioğlu: City and Nature in Istanbul’s Waterway Maps in the Early Modern

Melis Taner: Images of the Edge


Exhibitions and Museology

Chair: Suzan Yalman

Ayşin Yoltar Yıldırım: Between Europe, America, and Turkey: Rudolf Meyer Riefstahl and his Relations with Mehmet Ağa-Oğlu and Bernard Berenson

Funda Berksoy: Art Exhibitions in Munich and Istanbul (1909-18) as Part of German Imperialist Policies

Zeynep Simavi: Exhibiting Ottoman Art in the U.S. Capital: Contextualizing The Age of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent

Mehmet Tutuncu: Some Unpublished Ottoman Objects of Art from the Holy Mosques of Mecca and Medina


Collections and Collectors

Chair: Nazan Ölçer

Suat Alp: Turkish and Islamic Material Cultural Heritage in Kórnik Museum: Dzialyński and Zamoyski Collections

Mireille Jacotin: A Recently Created Collection forTurkish Art for a New French NationalPublic Museum, the MUCEM (Marseilles, France)

Gwenaëlle Fellinger: Interwoven Histories: Ottoman Banners in French Collections

Olga Vasilyeva: Turkish Manuscripts in the National Library of Russia and Professor Vasiliy Smirnov



Chair:Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu

Gülgün Yılmaz: A Comparison of 250 Years: Turkish Cultural History in the Worksof Moltke and Busbecq

Feyza Akder: Travelers, Scientist, and Painters of Landscapes: Bursa and Erzurum in 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries

Aysu Ateş: Yanya, an Ottoman City and its Architecture through the Eyes of Western Voyagers in the 19th Century

Mehtap Serim: Thomas Allom’s Istanbul and China Engravings: A Homogenized Image of Two Baroque Worlds


Friday 4 October 2019 -Second session


Chair: Doris Behrens Abouseif

Scott Redford: Seljuk Candlesticks and their Esoteric Writing

Bernard O’Kane: Placement, Design and Content: Early Ottoman Foundation

Charlotte Maury: Some Inscriptions in Nasta’liq Script on Ottoman Damascus Tiles and their Historical Significance


The Arts of the Book

Chair: Zeren Tanındı

Angela Andersen: The Execution of Al-Hallaj in the (A Translation of Stars of the Legend)

Şebnem Parladır: An Illustrated Mecmua from a Sufi’s Book Treasure

Filiz Çakır Phillip: Battle Flail – A Differentiating Feature of the Turks


Architectural Preservation

Chair: Ayşıl Tükel Yavuz

Zeynep E. Ekim: The Construction and the Restoration of Ayazağa Pavillions in the Light of New Archive Documents

Halil Elemana: An Evaluation of Documents Relating to the Construction, Repair, and Furnishings of the Yıldız Palace in the Prime Ministry Ottoman Archives*

Mine Çilingiroğlu Topçubaşı -Elif Özlem Oral: The Contribution of the First Generation (1924-1963) of Waqf Architects to Architectural Preservation



Chair: Zeynep Yasa Yaman

Joachim Gierlichs: Katharina Otto-Dorn and Her Views on Persian (Seljuk) Art in Anatolia and Persia

Aysun A. Öksüz - Bahar Küçük Karakaş - Gizem Seymen: The Instrumentalization of Architecture in the Early Republican Period Historiography: The Case of the Journal of Illustrated History of Turkish Literature

Zeynep Özaltın: Suut Kemal Yetkin and Art Criticism: Writing on Art and Institutionalisation of the Culture of Art Criticism 1950-1980*


Friday 4 October 2019 -Third session

Artistic Interactions

Chair: Günsel Renda

Pittui Ilenia: Paolo Giovio and the Representation of the Turkish Power: Some Case Studies*

Giulia Bei: A Story of Advertising: The Representation of the East in Liebig Company Trade Cards

Naz Defne Kut: Iconography of a Catholic Victory: The Battle of Lepanto in Italian Painting*

Şule Pfeiffer Taş: The Turkish Image in the Era of Maria Theresia: Art, Politics, Propaganda


Artistic Interactions

Chair: Massumeh Farhad

Singh Saarthak: A Talismanic Tunic With Images of Mecca and Medina*

Selin İpek: Diplomatic Gifts to Ottoman Sultans: Portraits of Mughal Shahs

Shahbaz Nadhra Khan: Lahore Fort Picture Wall: Fantastical Creatures in Mughal, Turkish and Persian Imaginations

Zohirul Islam: The Connectivity of Turkish Art, Architecture and Languages in Bangladesh (Past Bengal): An Historical and Analytical Study During Medieval Period*


Wall Painting

Chair: Minako Mizuno Yamanlar

Ali Fuat Baysal: Newly Uncovered Landscape Images Within the Decoration of Kubbe-i Hadra (Green Dome)

Şeyda Algaç: Thoughts on a Group of Depicted Village Mosques With Dervish Lodge Symbols in the Aegean Region During the Westernization Period

Pınar Akın: Wall Paintings of the Arap Dede Mescit Mosque in Afyonkarahisar

Selda Alp: The Wall Paintings of Bademli Village Mosque in Afyon


Artistic Interactions

Chair: Netice Yıldız

Razan Aykaç: The Importance of Ak Kale in Silifke in Cilicia

Belgin Demirsar Arlı - Špela Grošelj: Architect Antonio Lasciac (Anton Laščak) in the Ottoman Empire*

Kiraz Perinçek Karavit: Where Did Pierre Bonnard Meet Mehmet Siyah Kalem?

Bülent Oral: Reformist Approaches in Mosque Architecture in Relation to Artist-Architect


Saturday 5 October 2019 -First session

The Arts of the Book

Chair: Serpil Bağcı

Serpil Ayhan: The Muraqqa H.2158 in Topkapı Palace Museum as a Medium that Brings Together Ottoman and Safavid Artistic Tastes*

Massumeh Farhad: Circulating Imagery: Ottoman and Safavid Albums in the 17th and 18th Centuries

Özlem Yıldız: Text And Image in the Divan of Baki: An Illustrated Manuscript from the Seventeenth Century (British Library, Add. 7922)*



Chair: Frédéric Hitzel

Nicola Verderame: Monumentality and Infrastructure: A Hamidian Fountain in Ottoman Ankara*

Leyla Alpagut: A Modern Campus for Agricultural Education in The Capital: The Higher Agricultural Institute (1928-1933)

Simin Say: Traces of Namık İsmail in Ankara’s Child Protection Organization



Chair: Nakış Karamağaralı

Gülberk Bilecik: Ottoman Heritage in Bulgaria Today

Hilal Kazan: Some Works of Waqfs of Ottoman Philanthropist Women in Balkans: The Case of Greece

Mehmet Zeki İbrahimgil: Crete, Chania Seyyit Suleyman Şemsettin Dede Mevlevi House (Mevlevihana)


Saturday 5 October 2019 -Second session

The Arts of the Book

Chair: Jennifer Scarce

Robyn Radway: Album Networks from the German House in Constantinople: Circulating Papers, Images, and Artists from 1568-1593

Daria Vasilyeva: Ottoman Costume Books from the Collection of Franz Taeschner in the State Hermitage Museum

Ünver Rüstem: Modern Makeovers: Late Ottoman Costume Albums and Their Legacies



Chair: Suna Güven

İlbilge Eroğlu: Art and Culture in Ankara: Turkiye İş Bankası

Özgür Ceren Can: Ceramic Murals from the 1960s and 1970s in the Public Buildings in Ankara

Füsun Kavalcı: From 1980s to Present: Three Generations of Avanos Pottery Production and Transformation



Chair: Scott Redford

Gökben Ayhan: Glazed Tobacco Pipes

Khalida Mahi: Problems of Identification of the “Masters of Tabriz*

Belgin Demirsar Arlı - Şennur Kaya: The İznik Tile Kiln Excavations (2015-2018): An Evaluation of Tile Finds


Saturday 5 October 2019 -Third session

Artistic Interactions

Chair: Ömür Bakırer

Fatma Yıldız: Simultaneous Rise of Ceramic Art in Valencia and İznik: Effects of Mediterranean Trade Relations on Ceramic Exports

Ecem Altınkılıç: Ottoman Glass Art and Its Interactive Relation with Glass Art in Venice in the18th- 19th Centuries*

Stefano Ionescu - Levent Boz: Transylvanian Rugs and Their Relation to Architecture

Didem Yavuz Velipaşaoğlu: The Drawing Studio of Hereke: An Artistic Niche (1842-1914)

Sevil Akyel - Merih Sucu - Özlem Yapalak: The Seal Collection of the Kuyud-i Kadime Archive



Chair: Gönül Öney

Müge Şen: Şehzâde Mehmed Tomb Tiles in the Light of Current Information*

Deniz Çalış Erduman - Nazan Ilgaz: From Hamburg to Edirne. Two İznik Tile Panels and the Sultan’s Loge in Selimiye Mosque

Iryna Teslenko - Dilyara Aliadinova: Glazed Ceramics Tableware in the Early Ottoman Crimea*

Svitlana Biliaeva - Olena Fialko: Turkish Art Heritage in Ukraine: Ceramics of Kütahya

Sevinç Gök - Muhterem Koç: Findings about the Production Place of a Group of Late Period (18th-19th Centuries) Ottoman Ceramics in the Light of Archaeometric Analysis



Chair: Zeynep İnankur

 Arda Can Özsu: The Portrait of Şeker Ahmed Ali Pasha in the National Art Gallery Collection in Greece and Simeon Savvidis, an Artist of Anatolian Origin*

Seza Sinanlar Uslu - Sula Bozis: Ivi Stangali (1922-1999): The Lost Member of the ONLAR Group

Aslıhan Erkmen: Contemporary Turkish Artists Inspired by Manuscripts: Three Cases

Bahattin Yaman - Emine Kayhan: The Tradition of Ottoman Map-Images and Its Application Today: The Case of Isparta


Saturday 5 October 2019 -Fourth session


Chair: Ali Uzay Peker

Ersoy Akın - Hasan Uçar: An Evaluation of the Production of a Group of Stone Pipes Found in the Excavation of the Agora of Smyrna and their Place in the Study of Ottoman

Emine Naza Dönmez: A New Discovery in Amasya Harşena Fortress: Yıldırım Mosque

Niculina Dinu: Archaeological Discoveries of the Ottoman Period in Braila

Aurel-Daniel Stănică: Geospatial Integrated System (GIS) for Location and Protection of the Archaeological Sites from Ottoman Dobrogea (Dobrudja)


Artistic Interactions

Chair: Mireille Jacotin

Fatma Coşkuner: On the Threshold of the Black Sea: Intersecting Discourses of Empire and Identity in Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky’s

Mısra Kaya: Artistic Continuity in Transcultural Contexts: The Greek Dance

Huma Arslaner: A Hybrid Mode of European Production in Ottoman Decorative Arts: Illustrated Porcelain

Miyuki Aoki Girardelli: “Turkish” Style and Japonisme: New Findings on the Works of Léon Parvillée



Chair: Çiğdem Kafesçioğlu

Paolo Girardelli: Ottoman Elements in Non-Muslim Architecture: An Overview of the 19th-Century Evidence in Beyoğlu

May Farhat: Beirut’s Great Umari Mosque in the Later Ottoman Period

Vassilis Colonas: Orientalism vs National Style: Art and Architecture in Thessaloniki under the Rule of the Young

Müjde Dila Gümüş: An Early Example of Second Constitutional Era Monuments: The Project of Raymond Péré*