Osman Hamdi Bey

The life and art of Osman Hamdi Bey through his works in the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Collection

An Ottoman intellectual raised by the Tanzimat Era… An exceptional personality, who made substantial, diversified and lifelong contributions to various fields of culture and arts such as painting, archaeology, museology, and art education...

More than 100 years after his death, the legacy Osman Hamdi Bey left behind live in the works of academics, institutions, and museums. He continues to make headlines, draw attention, be heard, and become the topic of heated debates.

This special section dedicated to Osman Hamdi Bey at the Sevgi and Erdoğan Gönül Gallery of Pera Museum displays different aspects of his impassioned relationship with the art of painting through his works included in the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Collection.

The exhibition also pays tribute to this multifaceted personality by "A Journey into the World of Osman Hamdi Bey" virtual reality experience which enables the audience to pay visit to Osman Hamdi Bey’s working space and to step into his painting The Tortoise Trainer.

As part of Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak precautions, “A Journey into the World of Osman Hamdi Bey" virtual reality experience is not available.

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Osman Hamdi Bey

Osman Hamdi Bey

Osman Hamdi Bey was an Ottoman intellectual who grew up during the innovative Tanzimat era. He was not only a prominent painter, but also a major actor in the process of Westernization, a...

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