19 Works, December 30th. is Osman Hamdi Bey’s day, her art, illustrated with footnotes #257

Osman Hamdi Bey
At the Mosque Door (Cami Kapısında), c. 1891

Oil on canvas
82 x 43 inches (208.5 x 109 cm)
Private collection

A total of 17 figures, 16 people and a dog, are skillfully depicted in front of the Yeşil Mosque in Bursa. The painting, which reveals the fine workmanship of the Ottoman architecture and the detail in the decorations, is a document about the Ottoman daily life. It is stated in the painting that Osman Hamdi Bey drew a ladder to add movement to the painting, although there is no ladder in front of the Bursa Green Mosque. More on this painting

Osman Hamdi Bey (30 December 1842, in Istanbul — 24 February 1910) was an Ottoman administrator, intellectual, art expert and also a prominent and pioneering painter. He was also an accomplished archaeologist, and is regarded as the pioneer of the museum curator’s profession in Turkey. He was the founder of Istanbul Archaeology Museums and of the Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts. He was also the first mayor of Kadıköy…

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Author: Zaidan Art Blog

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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