Hollanda Araştırma Enstitüsü  -  Nederlands Instituut in Turkije

8 May '17 Lecture

“Those wondrous pleasure spots”: Fountains in eighteenth-century Istanbul

The monumental fountains of eighteenth-century Istanbul captured everyone’s attention. Ottoman poets, foreign travelers, and visual artists all marveled at their beauty and masterful craftsmanship, portraying them as wonderful pleasure spots. Based on these writings and images, this lecture by Shirine Hamadeh on May 31 at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Istanbul will look at the fascinating range of Eastern and Western artistic traditions these fountains reveal and discuss their role as central places of recreation in the new gardens and squares along the Bosphorus.

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