The ascent, and descent, of man

A reader asks...

By John Scott | January 28, 2014

‘I wonder if this poster has featured in any of your issues,’ writes Gray Standen. ‘It shows the life cycle of a Turkish businessman who lives to the age of 100 and is accompanied by a complete life cycle poem by the Anatolian poet Karagaoğlan, who was rediscovered in 1923. I purchased...
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An Ottoman arrangement

‘Illuminating Objects’ at the Courtauld Gallery

By John Scott | January 18, 2014

With so much awesomely grubby news of greed and dishonesty to cheer the year on its way, here is a little nugget of beauty to dwell on. A single dish in the right place can make a feast. This 16th-century Iznik plate, made between 1550 and 1560, is dazzling, but...
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Robertson of Constantinople

By Victoria Khroundina | January 11, 2014

Though he was the chief engraver at the Ottoman Imperial Mint for over 40 years in the mid-19th century, James Robertson (1813–1888) is remembered in the history books by a different title: Robertson of Constantinople. It was not his engraving but his photographs of Istanbul that earned him this name...
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Middle Eastern Studies under the spotlight

The Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies

By Victoria Khroundina | January 3, 2014

The Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), touted as ‘the most important global event in Middle Eastern studies in 2014’ will take place at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara between August 18th and 22nd, 2014. Organised in collaboration between the METU and the Turkish Social...
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Painting Anatolia

By Victoria Khroundina | October 3, 2013

Ottoman History Podcast, an online radio programme launched in 2011, had an interesting instalment back in July entitled Painting the Peasant in Modern Turkey. The podcast addresses the research carried out by Seçil Yžlmaz, a PhD candidate at the Department of History at New York’s City University. The main crux...
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History in the painting

Modern life, or memories of times past

By Victoria Khroundina | July 13, 2013

Earlier this week, I wrote about the temporary exhibition at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM), 1001 Faces of Orientalism, that should not be missed (it ends on August 11), but the Museum has just informed me that their ‘permanent’ exhibition that has been on since December 2011 will also end in...
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London’s Islamic Week

By Thomas Roueche | May 7, 2012

London’s Islamic Week is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Rooms of unique, museum-quality Islamic artefacts go on show twice a year – albeit for only a week – offering those in the know a chance to take a close look at rarities that usually live behind closed doors in...
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Orientalisme Art Islamique: Paris Auction

By admin | May 19, 2011

Gros & Delettrez Monday 20th June 2011 Drouot-Richelieu-Salle 1-7 22 rue Drouot, Paris
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‘Impressions from Afar’ at the Istanbul Research Institute

By Cornucopia TR | May 19, 2011

The work of Clara and Luigi Mayer has always seemed to stand apart from many of the more famous orientalist painters. In their work there is a lightness of touch, a clarity and a charmingly strong individuality. Luigi Mayer first travelled to the Ottoman Empire in 1776, as a close...
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Assyrians at Aya Irini

By Cornucopia TR | February 14, 2011

 How do you feel about archaeology? Not terribly excited at the prospect of clay shards, stone tools and impenetrable display captions? Well, think again. In an attempt to get people interested in what's buried beneath our feet, nearly five hundred exquisite pieces recovered from the ancient city of Kanesh (modern-day...
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“Colours of the Orient, Arts and Lifestyles in the Ottoman Empire” at the Villa Empain, Brussels

By Cornucopia TR | January 18, 2011

If you happen to be in Brussels between now and 27 February, make sure to pay a visit to the Villa Empain, an Art Deco mansion which houses the headquarters of the Boghossian Foundation. Dedicated to promoting dialogue between East and West, the Foundation is currently presenting an exhibition concerned...
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Orientalism in Europe: from Delacroix to Kandinsky

By Cornucopia TR | January 10, 2011

(Eugène Delacroix, The Death of Sardanapalus, 1844) As you may have already gleaned from one of the Arts Diary's earlier articles, from 28 January until 1 May Munich's Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung will be hosting an extraordinary selection of nineteenth and early-twentieth century Orientalist art. Beginning with Napoleon's invasion of Egypt...
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“Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from the Gelman Collection” at the Pera Museum

By Cornucopia TR | January 5, 2011

Until 20 March, the Pera Museum will be hosting the first ever exhibition in Turkey of works by those titans of modern Mexican art, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. With more than forty pieces selected from the Gelman Collection, this is a major show which avoids focusing overly on Frida...
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