Old Masters Pastiches

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.

The Battle of Varna

The Battle of Varna

Over the years of 1864 through 1876, Stanisław Chlebowski served Sultan Abdülaziz in Istanbul as his court painter. As it was, Abdülaziz disposed of considerable artistic talents of his own, and he actively involved himself in Chlebowski’s creative process, suggesting ideas for compositions –such as ballistic pieces praising the victories of Turkish arms. 

Turquerie <br><br>


Having penetrated the Balkans in the fourteenth century, conquered Constantinople in the fifteenth, and reached the gates of Vienna in the sixteenth, the Ottoman Empire long struck fear into European hearts. 

Midnight Horror Stories: Witches’ Sun

Midnight Horror Stories: Witches’ Sun

I walk over rocks hot as iron under the September sun. I can make out a few lines in the distance, and a few cracked rocks, but apart from those, not a single tree, not one plant. I have walked until I reached this hill, in the trail of the letter that hurled me once again to my home town...