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Ottoman Art 1450–1600

Nature and Abstraction: A glimpse beyond the Sublime Porte

October 3, 2014 – December 14, 2014
Tues – Fri, 3–6pm; Sat, Sun and bank holidays: 10am – 6pm
Tickets: €6, combined tickets €10, including palace garden and the parallel exhibition, Turquerie. Reflections of Ottoman Art in Genoa

Palazzo Nicolosio Lomellino, Via Garibaldi 7, Genoa, Italy

More than 70 objects from the classical age of Ottoman art, including a Koran belonging to Mehmed the Conqueror bearing Süleyman the Magnificent’s tuğra (from the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin), make up this exhibition at the Lomellino Palace.

Genoa’s historical ties with the Bosphorus go back beyond the building of their Galata Tower to their colonisation of much of the Black Sea, culminating is magnificent fortress cities in Crimea (described in Cornucopia 49). The palace, celebrated for its Bernardo Strozzi frescoes, is holding the exhibition to mark its tenth anniversary as a museum. While some of the highlights are well-travelled masterpieces, the majority have never been exhibited before.

They include carpets from the 15th and 16th centuries, depicted in countless paintings by the greatest Italian and European painters, from Piero della Francesca to Hans Holbein the Younger; extraordinary examples of Iznik polychrome ceramics, as well as astonishing silks and velvets, gold and silver brocades. There is also a small but fine selection of arms and armour, with helmets and horse headboards. Besides the Islamic Museum in Berlin, lenders include the National Museum of Bargello and the Stibbert Museum of Florence in Italy and the Museum of Ceramics in Sèvres.

Ottoman Art 1450-1600 from Chris Gavin on Vimeo.

This video was commissioned by Halı Publications for the Bruschettini Foundation. The script is by the renowned US scholar Walter B Denny.

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