Old Masters Pastiches

29 April 2016

Pera Museum is proud to present an exhibition of Giorgio de Chirico, a pioneer of the metaphysical art movement and one of the most extraordinary artists of the 20th century. Brought to life in collaboration with the Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico in Rome, the exhibition comprises a broad selection of 70 paintings, 2 lithography series, and 10 sculptures. Take look at his interpretations of old master’s works! 

Pastoral (After Rubens), 1960, oil on canvas, 39 x 49,5 cm. Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Collection, Rome 

During this period, de Chirico was attracted to a diverse stable of European great masters, ranging from Titian, Fragonard, Ingres to Delacroix and Rubens, with the artist championing the latter as the ultimate Great Master. 

Phaeton’un Düşüşü (After Rubens), 1954,
Tuval üzerine yağlıboya, 50 x 40 cm.
Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Collection, Rome 

Rather than produce pastiches (exact copies), the artist tended to rework or extract details of specific paintings. For example, in the exhibited painting Young Girl Sleeping (after Watteau) of 1947, de Chirico chose to paint just a small detail of Watteau’s Jupiter and Antiope, thus transforming his version into a dormant Ariadnesque figure.

Young Girl Sleeping, (After Watteau), 1947, oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm.
Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Collection, Rome 

Alternatively, in the exhibited Bathers (with Red Drape in the Landscape) of 1945, the artist selects the recognisable pose of Ingre’s central figure of Grande Odalisque (1814), yet choses to reverse her position and place her in an open landscape setting. 

In Self-portrait with Armour (1948), de Chirico reworks Velázquez’s Philip IV in Armour (c. 1626). His decision to superimpose the Spanish king’s head with that of his own serves as a visual demonstration of Nietzsche’s concept of the eternal return and the cyclical nature of Time.


Self-portrait in Armour, 1948,
Tempera and oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm.

Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Collection, Rome

Highlighting his various periods with examples from his earliest works to last ones, Giorgio de Chirico: The Enigma of the World exhibition took place at the Pera Museum between 24 February - 08 May 2016.

At The Well

At The Well

Tadeusz Ajdukiewicz discovered the Orient in 1877, touring Syria, Egypt, Turkey, and the Crimea with Władysław Branicki. This experience made a profound impression on him, and he was to continuously revisit Eastern themes in his works for the rest of his life. 

Soothsayer Serenades I Serenades to the Sun by Kornelia Binicewicz

Soothsayer Serenades I Serenades to the Sun by Kornelia Binicewicz

Today we are thrilled to present the third playlist of Amrita Hepi’s Soothsayer Serenades series as part of the Notes for Tomorrow exhibition. The playlist titled Serenades to the Sun is presented by Kornelia Binicewiczon Pera Museum’s Spotify account.

The Horse Figure in Mersad Berber’s Works

The Horse Figure in Mersad Berber’s Works

Mersad Berber (1940-2012), is one of the greatest and the most significant representatives of Bosnian-Herzegovinian and Yugoslav art in the second half of the 20th century. His vast body of expressive and unique works triggered the local art scene’s recognition into Europe as well as the international stage.