Turks on the Border: Images of Ottoman-Occupied Space in Early Modern Europe.
Abstract: The fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Europe were a period of
heightened European anxiety over the ever-expanding Ottoman Empire. The successful
incursion of the Ottomans into the West posed a viable threat to the borders of Europe.
Previous scholarship on early modern images of occupied cities has focused on the ways in
which Western artists effaced or diminished the Ottoman pres... read moreence in order to reappropriate
these cities for Christianity. In my thesis, however, I consider three case studies that
acknowledge the Ottoman presence in three different regions: the Holy Land, Byzantium, and
the Peloponnesus. All three represent the challenges faced by Western artists in portraying
these contested sites. The inherent tensions between East and West, Christian and Muslim,
and past and present generated city views that depicted the physical features of the site
as well as its variegated cultural and historical layers. The three case studies in my
thesis demonstrate how the uncertainty and anxiety plaguing early modern Europeans
stimulated new and provocative ways of portraying a world that was constantly in
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Art and Art History.
Advisor: Cristelle Baskins.
Committee: Eva Hoffman, and Emine Fetvaci.
Keyword: Art history.read less