Istanbul’s unspoilt archipelago: The final leg of Cornucopia’s four-part progress through Istanbul covers the archipelago in the Sea of Marmara, just 15 miles across the water from the domes of Ayasofya but a world away. A 64-page portrait with photographs by Brian McKee and Monica Fritz. Plus: Luigi Meyer’s Ottoman watercolours, Jean Étienne-Liotard’s luminous portraits, Turquerie, and Jazz Age Istanbul. Cookery: Broad Bean Feast – Berrin Torolsan explores twelve thousand years of taste and nourishment.
The 18th-century Swiss portrait artist Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702–1789) is widely regarded as the first Orientalist. The four years he spent in Turkey from 1738, drawing and painting Western merchants and diplomats as well as Ottoman citizens, made him the first serious European artist to find his subject matter in the East.
Few statesmen of the turbulent last years of the Ottoman Empire can have held more illustrious titles – at a less auspicious time – than the diminutive Küçük Said Pasha. David Barchard looks back over the eventful and chequered career of a man of many parts.
Owen Matthews introduces our portrait of the Princes Islands, from busy Büyükada, via pretty Heybeliada, one-hill Burgaz and arid Kinaliada, to the haunting, deserted Yassıada
Besides being quite delicious, the simple broad bean is nothing short of a little bundle of magic. Rich in minerals and vitamins, it contains the chemical L-dopa, which feeds dopamine and adrenaline to the brain and body.
Since he became enchanted by the ‘Big Island’ 15 years ago, Owen Matthews has enjoyed its seasonal changes and watched its popularity grow – not least among soap-opera fans
Heybeliada is more compact and less showy than Büyükada, but just as fair
Three groundbreaking archaeological exhibitions shine a spotlight on great Anatolian empires and their champions. Istanbul showcases John Garstang’s illuminating work on the Hittites. Berlin celebrates the work of Friedrich Sarre, who brought the Seljuks to life. And treasures from the Phrygia of King Midas head for Philadelphia
Luigi Mayer made his mark with lively, quirky scenes for the British ambassador to Constantinople, painting viziers and villagers, soldiers and servants across the Ottoman Empire. He deserves to be plucked from obscurity, argues Briony Llewellyn
London’s luminous Liotards, prayers on a shirt, bare truths in Beyoğlu, and a Biennial all at sea… Plus three lost Anatolian empires and their intrepid champions
ISTANBUL UNWRAPPED: The Quartet
The definitive guide to the changing city, in four fabulous issues, with articles by people who have long loved it, and glorious photographs that show it at its best.
Issue 50: The Sultan’s City
Issue 51: Beyoğlu Boogie
Issue 52: Bosphorus Requiem
Issue 53: The Princes Islands
Price: £45 – save on the cover price of £56
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