The source, Discover Islamic Art gives a short history of the Ottoman Empire; the political frameworks, regal life, and culture. The link offers pictures and portrayals of Turkish-Islamic workmanship in pre-Ottoman Anatolia alongside photos of a few noteworthy bits of engineering that embody what the Ottoman Empire valued as prized objects. The Ottomans likewise took cooking to an artistic expression. Practically every dish served around a supper table would have an alternate culinary expert due to the top to bottom ability each took to make their 'gem'. The Ottomans were so best in class creatively that they sent out an incomprehensible amount of their works, for example, artistic creations, statues, nourishment, and so forth. This was a large source of income for the empire. Workmanship was additionally intertwined with religion; each mosque was loaded with delightful bits of work that spoke to imperative religious lessons and images from the Qur'an. This connection interfaces with the investigations of this course in light of the day and age. The craftsmanship originating from the Ottoman Empire was found in all sides of the globe.

The Enlightenment is described in EurEnlightenmentThoughtInquiry_ch16.pdf as an “intellectual movement to include scientific principles, especially natural laws, into daily life and to apply to social behaviors, as well as make practical applications to science. Locke discussed tabula rasa and the idea of every human being born without sin. Deism is the idea of God being the creator who set natural laws in motion and leaves them alone to see development without His intervention. Visual arts, literature, and philosophy are also discussed in the lecture. Throughout the Enlightenment, there is a movement towards more Neoclassical art and architecture. This included getting rid of medieval baroque, emphasis on clean lines and the purity of classicism. This also brought larger windows with stain glass and tall spires. The “woman question” is heavily discussed, asking if women are secondary because of innate inferiority, or because of social traditions? Antoine-Leonard Thomas addresses this question in his writing, “Essay on the Character, Morals, and Mind of Women Across the Centuries” (Paris 1772). Thomas sees the moral decay of both men’s and women’s roles: one gives acceptance and the other takes new independence and destroys the idea of a traditional family.

(Antoine-Leonard Thomas)

Enter the Dragon: The Beginnings of English Chinoiserie, 1680-1710 is a link based on western works of art that imitate Chinese works. Porcelain works from potters began using yellows and oranges more like eastern imports. This added more of a variety than the normal white and blue ceramics normally created. Silver created during this time included many English influences even when created by Chinese artists. Embroidered clothing, sheets, etc. became a new fashion craze. The intricate designs were found all over the world. Early works like such were not shown off in the main rooms of houses, halls, etc., but were found in private bedrooms and studies. This link is related to our course because of how widely spread chinoiserie was throughout the world, especially Europe. It proves that European and East Asian cultures had many overlapping parts.

Of Elephants and Roses: Encounters with French Natural History, 1790-1830 explores natural history in post-revolutionary France. Two grand gardens serve as the exhibition’s point of departure—the Paris Muséum of Natural History with its Jardin des Plantes, and Malmaison, the private garden of Empress Josephine, Napoleon’s wife. These two gardens helped adjust plants and animals from all around the world, produced new scientific knowledge, improved agricultural productivity and diversity, helped promote economic prosperity, and contributed to the glory of France, even during a tumultuous political period that lurched from bloody revolution to new republic, to empire, and ultimately back to monarchy. There are also 5 exhibition sections: “Music for Elephants,” “Hunting for Trees,” “Black Swans for an Empress,” “A Flower Blooms,” and “Everything Giraffe.”


Discover Islamic Art Virtual Exhibitions | The Ottomans. (n.d.).

EurEnlightenmentThoughtInquiry_ch16.pdf. Instructor Commentary. Module 3. Retrieved on February 6, 2017.

Enter the Dragon. (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2017, from http://www.chipstone.org/html/SpecialProjects/Dragon/00dragonguide.html

Of Elephants and Roses: Encounters with French Natural History. (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2017, from http://www.apsmuseum.org/elephants-and-roses/

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