A beautifully illustrated exploration of a multi-faceted fantasy.
An Eighteenth-century European Fantasy
At the end of the 17th century, the long-standing fear of the Turk in Europe was gradually replaced by fascination. Travellers’ accounts of the Ottoman lands, translations of works such as One Thousand and One Nights, and the magnificent spectacle of Ottoman ambassadors and their retinues were among the catalysts that inspired the European fantasy of this world. In this new book, Haydn Williams shows how turquerie manifested itself in the arts across Europe. The result is a wide-ranging visual feast, from a mosque folly in Kew Gardens to an ivory statuette of a Janissary created in Dresden for King Augustus II of Poland. Exquisitely illustrated, Turquerie provides an engaging account of this whimsical European movement.
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