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Modelling the Individual

Biography and Portrait in the Renaissance

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Edited by Karl A.E. Enenkel, Betsy de Jong-Crane and Peter Liebregts

One of the most noticeable features of the Renaissance is what Jacob Burckhardt called the rise of the individual - in politics and religion, in its social life and in the arts, and in the mentality of Renaissance man, with his inclination to explore, to invent and to make new discoveries. Yet this characteristic is also very puzzling to modern people, who see that although the categories of art which depict particular people increased to a spectacular degree in a period when biography and portrait painting were among the most popular genres, and autobiography began to emerge as a genre in itself and painters began to produce self-portraits, an interest individuals is not necessarily the same thing as the more recent interest in the purely personal aspects of individuals. Literary and artistic traditions, social and ideological backgrounds, and the motives for the production of literature have changed profoundly: Renaissance biography and autobiography, portraiture and self-portraiture have little to do with their modern counterparts. Therefore this book stresses that the Renaissance is not predominantly a mirror of modernity, but rather a period of stimulating difference or alterity. The contributors to this collection of essays aim to create a better understanding of Renaissance biographies and portraits through the analysis and reconstruction of the traditions, contexts, backgrounds and circumstances of their production.

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Edited by Gülru Necipoğlu

Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World is sponsored by The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In Muqarnas articles are published on all aspects of Islamic visual culture, historical and contemporary, as well as articles dealing with unpublished textual primary sources.

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Edited by Gülru Necipoglu

Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World is sponsored by The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In Muqarnas articles are published on all aspects of Islamic visual culture, historical and contemporary, as well as articles dealing with unpublished textual primary sources.

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Edited by Gülru Necipoglu

Oleg Grabar, 'Michael Meinecke and His Last Book.'
Thomas Leisten, 'Mashhad al-Nasr: Monuments of War and Victory in Medieval Islamic Art.'
Jere L. Bacharach, 'Marwanid Umayyad Building Activities: Speculations on Patronage.'
Nuha N.N. Khoury, 'The Meaning of the Great Mosque of Cordoba in the Tenth Century.'
Nasser Rabbat, 'Al-Azhar Mosque: An Architectural Chronicle of Cairo's History.'
Howyda N. Al-Harithy, 'The Complex of Sultan Hasan in Cairo: Reading between the Lines.'
Michael Cooperson, 'Baghdad in Rhetoric and Narrative.'
Aptullah Kuran, 'A Spatial Study of Three Ottoman Capitals: Bursa, Edirne, and Istanbul.'
Filiz Çaĥman and Zeren Tanindi, 'Remarks on Some Manuscripts at the Topkapi Palace Treasury in the Context of Ottoman-Safavid Relations.'
Yildirim Yavuz, 'The 1922-26 Restoration Project of the Masjid al-Aqsa by Mimar Kemalettin.'
Anthony Welch, 'A Medieval Center of Learning in India: The Haus Khas in Delhi.'
Alpay Özdural, 'On Interlocking Similar or Corresponding Figures and Ornamental Patterns of Cubic Equations.'

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Edited by Oleg Grabar

Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World is sponsored by The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In Muqarnas articles are published on all aspects of Islamic visual culture, historical and contemporary, as well as articles dealing with unpublished textual primary sources.

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Edited by Gülru Necipoglu

Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World is sponsored by The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In Muqarnas articles are published on all aspects of Islamic visual culture, historical and contemporary, as well as articles dealing with unpublished textual primary sources.

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Edited by Gülru Necipoglu

Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World is sponsored by The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In Muqarnas articles are published on all aspects of Islamic visual culture, historical and contemporary, as well as articles dealing with unpublished textual primary sources.

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Edited by Gülru Necipoglu

Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World is sponsored by The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In Muqarnas articles are published on all aspects of Islamic visual culture, historical and contemporary, as well as articles dealing with unpublished textual primary sources.

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Edited by Gülru Necipoglu

Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World is sponsored by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In Muqarnas articles are published on all aspects of Islamic visual culture, historical and contemporary, as well as articles dealing with unpublished textual primary sources.

Contributors include: Doris Behrens-Abouseif; Stephennie Mulder; Chad Kia; Maryam Ekhtiar; Abdolhamid Keshmirshekan; Willem Floor; Elizabeth Lambourn; Hussein Keshani, İlknur Aktuğ Kolay and Serpil çelik; Vildan Serdaroğlu; Selin İpek; Marcus Milwright

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Edited by Gülru Necipoglu

Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World is sponsored by The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In Muqarnas articles are published on all aspects of Islamic visual culture, historical and contemporary, as well as articles dealing with unpublished textual primary sources.