October 25, 2011

Pera Museum Commemorating Ottomans' Premier Scholar

A new exhibition at the Istanbul Pera Museum is shedding light on the first excavations conducted by American archaeologists in the Ottoman Empire and the relations between the two states through the prism of one of the empire’s most famous scholars, Osman Hamdi Bey.

Exhibited on the third-floor gallery of the Pera Museum, “Osman Hamdi Bey and the Americans: Archaeology, Diplomacy, Art” is based on the intersecting lives of painter, archaeologist and museologist Osman Hamdi Bey, American archaeologist and photographer John Henry Haynes and German-born Assyriologist Professor Hermann Vollrath Hilprecht.

Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910), was an important Oriental painter who made substantial and lifelong contributions to various fields of culture and arts such as painting, archaeology, museums and art education.

The show, which began Oct. 15, is being curated by Professor Renata Holod and Professor Robert Ousterhout from the University of Pennsylvania and is displaying a rich selection of paintings by the Ottoman scholar, archaeological photographs and drawings from the 19th century, letters, travel journals, and archaeological artifacts for the first time in Turkey. “The Excavations at the Temple Court in Nippur” and “At the Mosque Door,” two paintings by Osman Hamdi Bey that have rarely been seen before, will also be exhibited for the first time in Turkey.

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