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17th century miniature of astrologers studying the stars, from Istanbul University Library

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Adjâ'ib al-Makhluqat wa al gharâ'ib mawdjûdât The wonders of creation and sights of existing things. Treaty of cosmography and natural history of Qazwini Author Qazwini, Zakariyya ibn Muhammad ibn al Maḥmūd (1203-1283) Date: 1199 - 1298

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Turkish Miniature, Noah's Ark. A fanciful gold leaf ark with private port holes for the animals is portrayed in this mid-20th century Turkish miniature painted on a page from a 19th century Islamic manuscript. http://www.silkroad1.com/items/391331/item391331store.html

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Dancing Sufis -whirling dervishes. 16th C. Manuscript.

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Suleyman hunting with hawks, 16th century miniature from ms H.1524 p 248A, Book of Accomplishments, Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f4/Taqi_al_din.jpg

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Abdulcelil Levni (died 1732) was an Ottoman court painter and miniaturist. He was born in Edirne in the late 17th century. He became the most prominent painter in the Ottoman Empire. He composed masterpieces: the Surname-i Sultan Ahmed Han and the Surname-i Vehbi ("Book of Festival").He loved painting single-leaved miniatures depicting individuals: beautiful girls, languidly reclining ladies, and charming young men.~ we love Levni! we love history! www.armadaistanbul.com

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