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The Golden Age of the Ottoman Art by Esin Atıl

SALT Araştırma İstanbul’unda Kadın Bani Yapıları Haritası

The Sakıp Sabancı Painting Collection


The collection, which demonstrates the societal and economic transformation of a country through the late-discovered but quickly-adopted medium of painting, showcases numerous significant artworks. Among the must-see pieces in the exhibition are the magnificent painting of Hagia Sophia by Şevket Dağ as well as Halil Paşa’s Madam X, which was exhibited in the Paris Exposition of 1889 and awarded a Bronze Medal, is exhibited at the museum along with its original award document. Another painting worthy of mention is Naile Hanım’s portrait by Osman Hamdi Bey, a definite highlight of the exhibition with its gold ornate background, which hints at the societal structure of the era through Osman Hamdi Bey’s usage of gilding common to Byzantine icons. Another notable feature artwork of the exhibition is Taksim Square by Nazmi Ziya Güran, which portrays the improved living standards brought to the people by the Republic and successfully embodies the freedom brought to Turkish women.