|Subtitle||Illuminated Manuscript of Topkapi Palace|
|Artist / Creator||Stephen Sidelinger|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Venice, Florida|
|Structure / Binding||Original paintings in a folio box covered in tapestry fabric|
|Medium / Materials||Pen and gouache, etched gold plaka|
|Paper Stock||Krome Kote paper|
|Number of Pages||10 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||17 x 22 x .75 inches closed.|
|Box / Wrapper||Fabric box with velvet lining|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the artist|
Stephen Sidelinger visited Istanbul many years ago and missed seeing the Topkapi Palace. On a return visit many years later he made this book. It is his most traditional illuminated manuscript. Drawn on site at the Topkapi Palace of the Sultan Suleyman and painted upon the return to the United States. The design of the book follows many traditions of Middle Eastern manuscripts, including gouache, etched gold, broken borders and bizarre non-local color.
Artist BioStephen Sidelinger is an artist/designer/educator/architectural colorist/textile artist/ embroiderer and book artist. Stephen draws on these vast and varied disciplines to create his one-of-a-kind, fine, hand bound books of contemporary illuminated manuscripts, which are in public and private collections throughout the world. All of his works have Sidelinger's distinctive personal vocabulary or visual language. Sidelinger is the author of Color Manual published by Prentice-Hall Inc. Stephen Sidelinger received his BFA in Design, Syracuse University and an MS in Design, Illinois Institute of Technology. He was Professor of Design for 14 years at Kansas City Art Institute and for 20 years in Communication Arts Department of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles California. Stephen moved from Venice California to Venice Florida in 2007 and taught at the Ringling College of Art + Design before his transition to full-time, professional artist.