IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE
Essay by Oleg Grabar and Nazan Olcer
Photographs by Ahmet Ertug

This limited edition will appeal not only to collectors interested in Turkish and Islamic art but also to artists and designers looking for sources of inspiration in non-Western art. The museum's world-famous collections of Seljuk, Ottoman, and early Islamic art-Qurans, manuscripts, wood and stone carvings, metalwork, ceramics, and carpets-are presented as large-format images. The accompanying essays are by Prof Oleg Grabar, a respected authority on Islamic art; Dr Nazan Olcer, director of the museum; and other museum curators.

26 by 36.5 cms, 260 pages. Hardbound in Setalux cloth and presented in a slipcase.







This site contains selections of the work by world renowned photographer Ahmet Ertug, whose camera takes the viewer through a fantastic world of aesthetics:Great architectural monuments like Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the 13th century mosaics of Chora and the 6-13th century frescoes of Cappadocia, the sublime buildings of Sinan, 16th century Iznik tiles, Ottoman sultans' silk kaftans, the Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great, and Buddha statues from Musée Guimet are all photographed with great passion.




Copyright Ahmet Ertug 2008