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Connoisseur 10

From the art capitals of the world, a round-up of Islamic and Orientalist art

  • Left: 16th/17th-century Uşak rug from Turkish Carpets from the 13th to the 18th Centuries, at the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art (1996). Right: Mustafa III (reigned 1757–74) from Sultan, Shah and Great Mughal, at the National Museum, Copenhagen
  • Lady in pink: a watercolour by Zonaro, from a 1908 folio

THE IBRAHIM PAŞA SARAY’S TURKISH CARPETS

Featuring one of the most important displays to date of early Turkish masterpieces, this exhibition includes many exceptional mosque carpets rescued from storage for the show. Scholars will welcome this chance to see textiles familiar only from books. The pieces will be joined by similarly rare Turkish rugs from museums in Berlin and Budapest. Related paintings from Warsaw and Berlin will provide historical context and permit more accurate dating. The glorious Uşak (above left) from the host museum has a distinctive scale pattern also found on armour and Iznik pottery. Two other Turkish museums are contribution, the Vakıflar, just across the Hippodrome, and Mevlana Museum in Konya.

DENMARK’S EXHIBITIONS OF ISLAMIC ART AND CULTURE

Three Danish museums are cooperating this summer to portray different aspects of Islamic culture through Denmark’s rich store of Islamic art and artefacts. The Arabian Journey, at the Moesgard Museum, in Jutland, is named after an expedition despatched by Frederick V in 1761. Sultan, Shah and Great Mughal, at the National Museum, Copenhagen, examins art, worship and daily life across the Islamic world. On display is the wonderful 17th-century miniature of Mustafa III (above). By the Light of the Crescent Moon, at the David Collection, also in the capital, views the Near East through the eyes of 19th-century artists and writers, including Hans Christian Anderson.

A MARRIAGE OF ARTISTIC PARTNERS

The watercolour of a winsome Istanbul aristocrat in a diaphanous yashmak was painted by the underestimated court artist Fausto Zonaro. It came up this spring in Gros et Lettrez’s Orientalist sale in Paris, the only watercolour in a folio of photogravures of Zonaro oil paintings bound in sumptuous morocco. The folio, Devri Se’adet ou Stamboul, porte du bonheur scènes de la vie turque, which fetched FF130,000, was issued in an edition of 300, each with an original watercolour. The text is by Adolphe Thalasso, writer and poet, who described Zonaro in his book L’Art d’Ottoman: les peintres de Turquie as one of the greatest Orientalist painters. Born in Padua in 1854, Zonaro used small brushstrokes without mixing colours, influencing his Italian contemporaries. In the 1880s, he moved to Paris, where he met the Impressionists. Returning to Italy in 1890, he married, and, at the suggestion of his wife, Elisa, set off at once with her to Istanbul – she had visited the city after reading De Amici’s Constantinopoli and knew her husband would be bewitched by the city. By 1891 the couple were residing in a wooden house near Taksim…

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