Join with our IWI partner Banu Küçüksubaşı, a professional art historian and tour guide, to visit the former Crown princes' residence at the Dolmabahçe Palace - now home to the National Palaces Painting collection. The museum has recently reopened after extensive renovation and makes a splendid backdrop for the approximately 200 paintings by both Turkish and international artists.
There are 11 themed sections to visit - Orientalist Painters, Istanbul Views, Westernization in the Ottoman Empire.... Walking, talking and looking through these, we will gain insights into life in 19th century Istanbul, and the lives of the harem women; we will see sultans portraits, and learn about Ottoman history. The magnificent oriental buildings and landscapes will magically take us back in time to the high of the Empire, a period of power and splendour.
Through the art works, Banu will help us understand how the Ottoman empire evolved, and how the orientals were perceived by the Europeans; ultimately, these formed the conditions under which the a new generation was shaped – one that was prepared to fight, and die, in support of Ataturk and the creation of the nation of Turkey.
After this interesting tour, we can discuss over a coffee at the museum café, with a Sultan’s-eye view of the Bosphorus.
© International Women of Istanbul 2017