From the mid-14th century onward, the growing Ottoman Turkish presence in the eastern Mediterranean led to complex relationships between Turkey and Italy. Yet, the religious and political differences did not stop a thriving commerce in art and ideas, which left a lasting imprint on the art of Renaissance and Baroque Italy. In this illustrated talk, Walter B. Denny, Distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, explores various facets of the wide spectrum of Ottoman-Italian cultural contact.
Walter B. Denny is Distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, specializing in the art of the Islamic world. Since 2007, he has served as Senior Consultant in the Department of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After his undergraduate studies at Robert College (Istanbul), Grinnell College, and Oberlin College, and graduate studies at Harvard and at Istanbul Technical University, he completed his Ph.D. dissertation at Harvard in 1970 and began his teaching career at UMass/Amherst in September of that year. His research interests concentrate in the Ottoman Turkish sphere, including architecture, design and painting, carpets, silk textiles, and ceramics. For four decades, he has also taught, pursued research, and published on the thousand-year history of east-west interchange in European culture. He has served as a consultant for dozens of museums around the world, and his seminar in Museum Studies has prepared many University of Massachusetts graduate students for art museum careers. He lectures frequently on a variety of topics in the US and abroad.
Photo by Walter B. Denny