News ID: 280509
Published: 0218 GMT February 08, 2021

Istanbul Nat’l Palaces Painting Museum ready to host visitors

Istanbul Nat’l Palaces Painting Museum ready to host visitors

The National Palaces Painting Museum in Istanbul’s Dolmabahçe Palace became one of the foremost painting museums in the world, with its collection of more than 3,000 paintings in its inventory and the opportunity to exhibit 553 paintings at the same time.

The museum, in which restoration has just been completed and furnished according to modern exhibition criteria, has an indoor area of 11,000 square meters and 34 halls, reported.

The museum’s collection, which hosts many works of art dating back to the 16th century, includes works of painters such as Konstantin Kapıdağlı, Rupen Manas, Stanislaw Chlebowski, Fausto Zonaro, and Ivan Konstantinoviç Ayvazovski.

The museum’s collection includes many subjects such as sultan portraits, historical compositions, orientalist works, nature and urban views, and still lifes.

People visiting the museum will also have the opportunity to see the country’s largest orientalist painting, ‘Hunting in the Desert,’ an artwork by the French artist Félix-Auguste Clément.

Dated 1865, the 35-square-meter painting was taken from Said Halim Paşa Mansion in 2019, with a successful operation and was transferred to the museum.

Noting that Dolmabahçe Palace was remembered with bad images until the early 2000s, Yasin Yıldız, the head of the presidency’s National Palaces Department, emphasized that the palace had undergone a serious transformation since then.

Meanwhile, paintings kept in the warehouses of Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace, one of the most famous landmarks of Istanbul that once was home to Ottoman sultans while the city was the capital of the empire, were also included in the painting collection.


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