Portraits from the Empire
6 A Few Words about the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation and Its Collections
10-87 I. Sultans, Ambassadors, Painters
88-149 II. In the World of the Women
150 The Painters
The movement known as Oriental-ism in European art, which appeared in conjunction with the Romanticist movement of the 19th century, focused on the East, primarily in the lands of the Ottoman Empire. Even long before the rise of Orientalism in European art, many European artists, fascinated by their first glimpses of the mysterious East and by the Turquerie fashion which was the result of the new relations with the Ottoman world. For nearly two hundred years, starting from the 18th century, numbers of painters, some of whom became known as the Bosphorus Painters, worked intensively in the lands of the Empire and depicted the Ottoman world in its various aspects, consequently engraving those images in mankind's visual memory. Portraits from the Empire sheds light on a special part of this opulent world, bringing us face to face with the peoples of the Ottoman world, their portraits and portrayals, sometimes very familiar and sometimes remote, even nearly foreign, in their physiognomies. These paintings, most of them created before the eye of the camera replaced the human eye, in the times when observing, studying, interpreting and depicting the world was the priority of painters, present the lost faces of an era long past with amazing reality and vividness.
Date of Publication: 2nd Print. 2006
Number of pages: 155