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Osman [Nakkaş Osman]locked

(fl c. 1560–c. 1581).
  • Walter B. Denny


Ottoman illustrator. Osman was the most renowned illustrator of historical manuscripts at the design atelier (Turk. nakkaşhane) of the Ottoman court during the sultanates of Selim II (reg 1566–74) and Murad III (reg 1574–95), although not one signed work of his is known. Contemporary records attest to his towering reputation at court and the respect in which his work was held by his patrons and artist contemporaries. The earliest works attributed to him are illustrations for a manuscript (Istanbul, Topkapı Pal. Lib., H. 1116) of the Turkish translation of Firdawsi’s ...

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