Venice and Istanbul during the Ottoman Period: Love, by Any Other Name
Istanbul, Sakip Sabanci Museum

This exhibition marks the beginning celebration of Istanbul as 2010 European Capital of Culture, and occurs in conjunction with the state visit to Turkey by President Giorgio Napolitano of the Republic of Italy. It explores the mutual influences and cultural synergy between the two cities in the period between the 15th and the 20th century. “Love by any other name” exemplifies the deep fascination each city held for the other, their close diplomatic, military, commercial and artistic relations and paints a comprehensive panorama of a relationship that endured for centuries.

Objects such as manuscripts, portraits, caftans, coins and ceramics are united from major museums in Venice as well as others from the Topkapi Palace Museum, Museum of Turkish and Islamic art, Pera Museum and Yapi Kredi Vedat Nedim Tör Museum.

Highlights include “World map in the shape of a heart” dating from 1559 by Haci Ahmed and "Fragment of a cuoridoro with a Turkish figure"
from the second half of the 17th century, both from the Correr Museum. Extensive gallery talks, educational programs and conferences that further enliven history accompany the exhibition.

November 19th, 2009 through February 28th, 2010
Sakıp Sabancı Cad. No:42
Emirgan 34467
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