"OSMAN HAMDI BEY BEYOND VISION" EXHIBITION AT SABANCI MUSEUMThe "Osman Hamdi Bey Beyond Vision" exhibition brings to art lovers the results of the "Scientific Analysis and Conservation of Osman Hamdi Bey Paintings" project that was carried on six paintings of Osman Hamdi Bey (d. 1910), and finished in two years. The exhibition held in Atlı Köşk at Sabancı Museum will be open until 31 December 2018.
The "Scientific Analysis and Conservation of Osman Hamdi Bey Paintings" project which enabled the conservation of Osman Hamdi Bey’s paintings, was executed with the collaboration of Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Sabanci University, Koç University and Istanbul Technical University, within the scope of Bank of America Merryl Lynch’s globally run "Art Conservation Project".
The project entailed a comparison of Osman Hamdi Bey’s paintings; "Flowers in a Vase", "The Hodja Reading the Qoran", "Kokona Despina", "Portrait of Naile Hanım", "The Petitioner", and "The Mosque" whereby every detail from the artistic technique of this prominent name of Turkish art history to the restoration work these works had undergone, was determined through scientific methods.
This project showed that the artist’s paintings dating back to late 19th and early 20th centuries had suffered from cracks and fallen bits in paint as well as yellowing of the varnishes. They were cleaned and restored as part of the conservation project.
This pioneering project in Turkey proves that scientific methods can provide opportunities for studying the techniques of artists, as well as providing guidance for research on a comparative study of techniques and materials of paintings claimed to be by Osman Hamdi Bey.
The "Osman Hamdi Bey Beyond Vision" exhibition brings the artist’s creative processes to light while also constituting a detailed narration of conservation in art, and a roadmap for future projects.
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