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Fani-Maria Tsigakou is Curator of Paintings, Prints, and Drawings at the Benaki Museum in Athens, specialising in European portrayals of Greece around the time of the Greek War of Independence (1821-28). Her books include: Through Romantic Eyes: European Images of Nineteenth-Century Greece, Lord Byron in Greece and The Rediscovery of Greece: Travellers and Painters of the Romantic Era
In 1983 Fani-Maria Tsigakou of the Benaki Museum in Athens found five volumes of late 18th-century drawings of Ottoman Empire subjects by Thomas Hope. So finely drawn were that they had been mistakenly catalogued as engravings. Hope had travelled to Turkey on his Grand Tour, falling in love with the customs, costumes and artefacts of the Ottoman Empire, influences he took back with him to London. David Watkin assesses Hope’s orientalism and its place in the development of Regency style, and the artist’s depictions of Istanbul
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