Istanbul, Part Three: Sakıp Sabancı

I apologize for my long absence from this blog. Time to get back to it!

While I was in Istanbul this past March, I had the great fortune to be able to visit the Sakıp Sabancı Müzesi (Museum) in Emirgan, on the European side of the Bosphorus. If you’re ever in Istanbul and interested in the history of calligraphy, this is the place to go.

Though there aren’t an extraordinary number of pieces at the Sakıp Sabancı museum, each one is particularly well chosen, giving the visitor a cohesive overview of calligraphy during the Ottoman empire. The Collection is displayed in the upper storey of the Atlı Köşk mansion, and is part of the permanent collection. Visit the museum’s website for more details about the collection and how to get there. You can also view pieces from their collection on this website’s gallery page; search for “Sakıp Sabancı” to find items from the collection.

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You can also view pieces from their collection on this website’s gallery page; search for “Sakıp Sabancı” to find items from the collection.

Masterful calligraphy

This calligraphy composition features the signed work of several of the most highly reputed Ottoman calligraphers: Seyh Hamdullah, Hafiz Osman, Hafiz Yusuf, Mehmed Rasim and Mahmud Celaluddin.

Masterful calligraphy
Turkey. Early 19th century. 65.8 x 53.2 cm. Thuluth and naskh scripts. Courtesy of the Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.