Ottoman Calligraphy from the Sakıp Sabancı Museum

The Calligraphy Collection of the Sakıp Sabancı Museum met with the Spanish public in Real Alcázar, in Sevilla, following the “Lines in Gold: Ottoman Calligraphy from Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Istanbul” exhibition held in Madrid Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. The location of the Ottoman Calligraphy from Sakıp Sabancı Museum exhibition holds a great significance in Spanish history. Real Alcázar, was built during the time of the Almohads (12th century) and expanded later in 1364. Gothic additions were made during the reign of Charles V. In great harmony with this location bearing the influence of Islamic architecture, the exhibition comprised examples demonstrating the developments in the Ottoman art of calligraphy over a period of 500 years. Works of great calligraphers such as Sheikh Hamdullah, Prince Korkut, Ahmed Karahisari, Derviş Ali, Hafız Osman, Yedikuleli Seyyid Abdullah, Mustafa Rakım, Kazasker Mustafa Izzet and Sami Efendi were viewed at the Real Alcázar.

Paper scissors Ottoman Early 19th century

Divit (inkstand)

Berat (imperial warrant granting a privilege) of Sultan Murad III (r. 1574-1595)

Leather binding with medallion (Belonging to the copy of Neşru'l Kebir ) Ahmed bin Mehmed (d. 1763)

Interior view Ayasofya Şevket Dağ (1876-1944)

An interior courtyard Prince Abdülmecid Efendi (1868-1944)

Tuğra (imperial monogram) of Sultan Abdülhamid II Sami Efendi (1838-1912)

Meşk (calligraphy exercise) Abdurrahman Hilmi’s (d. 1805)

Qur'an Prince Korkut (1467-1513)

Levha (framed inscription) Mehmed Şefik (1820-1880)

Prayer manual Hafız Osman (1642-1698)

"Ottoman Calligraphy" from the SSM Calligraphy Collection in Seville after Madrid Selected works from the Ottoman Calligraphy Collection of the Sabanci University’s Sakip Sabanci Museum are on exhibition at the Real Alcázar Palace in Seville during 4 April-15 June 2008.