Saint Mark Preaching in a Square of Alexandria in Egypt, Gentile Bellini 1504-1507, Oil on Canvas
As I am about to land back into the #emirates
, I wanted to share this Orientalist panting from The Bellini Brothers ( Giovanni finished it after Gentile’s death in 1507) and especially the commentary from the author #orhanpamuk
which I found amusingly relevant - I’ve often felt and still feel like one of these outside observer sometimes, witnessing the crossings between East and West!
“Gentile Bellini, invited by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II who conquered Constantinople, was in my town in 1479. Then, as no one in the world saw things as the Venetian artist did with such accuracy, his sultans and scribes are dear to me. Yet, here is an invented Orient, more St Mark’s square than the real Istanbul but for the obelisk, cloaked women, camels, giraffe and the Mamluk architecture. I am charmed by this curious mix of East and West and want continue looking. That is why I identify with the onlookers with enormous headgear watching from the terraces.” Orhan Pamuk
#art #arthistory #renaissance #italian #pinacoteca #Milan #bellini #venice #istanbul #Constantinople #orientalism #cipriani #ottoman #ottomanempire #eastmeetswest