This book is a murder mystery set in the world of Ottoman miniature painting and in my opinion really gets into the mind and heart of a miniature painter. It’s as if the author Orhan Pamuk himself has the soul of a miniature painter and it spoke directly to me. There is even some interesting technical info to be gleaned from the book. Has anyone read this book? (I highly recommend!) I actually wanted to set up a book club for books and writing related to painting as it really got me thinking. Many of the forum Context topics arose from reading this book and thinking about eastern and western painting styles, and how they are, in fact (for me at least, and as I get older and discover more about them and go deeper into the artistic mind) points on a continuum, rather than a ‘versus’. This is my most recent thought.
Castiglione might help with this thinking.
Re-reading through the book for the umpteenth time (as I do with works I really love; I fine-comb them slowly and allow myself to stop and meditate on aspects that invite sitting and dwelling), I have come up with a few of these ‘dwelling points’ which I’d like to open up for discussion here (and then possibly longer conversations which can turn into topics for the monthly live Zoom meets and then a real-world miniature painting conference in London, once global travel has opened up).
Spoiler alert - maybe read the book first before reading further!