Sinan's Autobiographies: Five Sixteenth-century Texts

TitleSinan's Autobiographies: Five Sixteenth-century Texts
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsNecipoglu G, Akin E, Crane H
Series TitleMuqarnas, Supplements
Number of Pages637
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
ISBN Number978-9004141681
Keywordsarchitecture, autobiography, Edirne, memoirs, Sinan, source
AbstractThe sixteenth-century Ottoman architect Sinan is today universally recognized as the defining figure in the development of the classical Ottoman style. In addition to his vast oeuvre, he left five remarkable autobiographical accounts, the Adsız Risale, the Risāletü'l-Miʿmāriyye, Tuḥfetü'l-Miʿmārīn, Teẕkiretü'l-Ebniye and Teẕkiretü’l-Bünyān, that provide details of his life and works. Based on information dictated by Sinan to his poet-painter friend Mustafa Saʿi Çelebi shortly before his death, these accounts exist in multiple manuscript versions in libraries in Istanbul, Ankara, and Cairo. The present volume contains critical editions of all five texts along with transcriptions, annotated translations, and facsimiles of the most important variant versions; and an introductory essay that analyzes the various surviving manuscripts, reconstructs their histories, and establishes the relationships between them; and a preface that considers the sources, themes, and broader implications of the five autobiographies.