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The Wedding Dance Pieter Bruegel the Elder
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The Wedding Dance (30.374) — Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Commerce and Collection: Kütahya Ware at the Manoogian Museum

Friday, May 21, 2010 |6:30 PM

  • For Everyone

A lecture by Dr. Amy Landau

Kütahya, a city in Eastern Turkey, has long been recognized as a center for ceramic production, where Armenian craftsmen played a particularly important role. Focusing on the Manoogian collection, Amy Landau will explore the production and consumption of Kütahya ceramics during the early modern period. Movement of these wares as well as the transfer of iconographies and techniques will be discussed against the backdrop of global merchant networks defined by Armenian merchants and the representatives of the East India companies. Special attention will also be given to the use of Armenian inscriptions on these ceramics.

Amy Landau is Assistant Curator in the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, where she oversees the Islamic and Armenian codices and single pages. She also teaches in the MLA program at Johns Hopkins University. Landau received her PhD from the University of Oxford in 2007, with a thesis entitled Farangi-sazi at Isfahan: the Court Painter Muhammad Zaman, the Armenians of New Julfa and Shah Sulayman (1666-1694). Her work focuses on shifts in the visual culture of early modern Iran, with particular emphasis on the development and significance of hybrid artistic idioms resulting from transimperial exchange, and she has a special interest in the art of the Armenian merchant community of New Julfa (Iran).

A reception in Kresge Court for AIAF members will follow the lecture.