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The Lure of the East

British Orientalist Painting

September 26, 2008 - January 11, 2009

Pera Museum hosted The Lure of the East: British Orientalist Painting exhibition organized in collaboration with Tate Britain, one of the most distinguished art institutions in the world, and the British Council. The exhibition brought together some of the most important works of British Orientalist painting around the world.

Opened at the Yale Center for British Art, the U.S.A. in February 2008 and Tate Britain Linbury Galleries in June 2008, the widely acclaimed The Lure of the East exhibition was presented on the third floor of Pera Museum. Following the US and the UK, the exhibition was opened for the third time in Pera Museum in Istanbul. The 105 masterpieces included in the exhibition were accompanied by highlights such as Osman Hamdi Bey’s Two Musicians Girls and Henry Bone’s Portrait of Thomas Hope in Turkish Dress from the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Orientalist Painting Collection, as well as David Wilkie’s Portrait of Sultan Abdülmecid from the Topkapı Palace Collection. The exhibition was opened in February 2009 at its fourth destination, the Sharjah Art Museum, in the United Arab Emirates.

Artists: William Allan, David Bomberg, Henry Bone, George Price Boyce, Richard Carline, Richard Dadd, Frank Dillon, Joseph Farquharson, Jean-Leon Gerome, Carl Haag, Osman Hamdi Bey, Gavin Hamilton, William Holman Hunt, Edith Holman Hunt, Augustus John, John Lavery, Edward Lear, Frederic Leighton, Jean-Etienne Liotard, Arthur Melville, William James Müller, Thomas Phillips, Henry William Pickersgill, Joshua Reynolds, Jonathan Richardson, David Roberts, James Sant, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Seddon Stanley, Spencer William, Simpson David Wilkie

Exhibition Catalogue

The Lure of the East

The Lure of the East

Pera Museum presented The Lure of the East: British Orientalist Painting exhibition organized in association with Tate Britain, one of the most distinguished art institutions of the...

A Solitary Eagle in the Sinai Desert

A Solitary Eagle in the Sinai Desert

John Frederick Lewis is considered one of the most important British Orientalist artists of the Victorian era. Pera Museum exhibited several of Lewis’ paintings as part of the Lure of the East exhibition in 2008 organized in collaboration with Tate Britain.

Istanbul’s Historical Peninsula in 18th and 19th Century Paintings

Istanbul’s Historical Peninsula in 18th and 19th Century Paintings

With the Topkapı Palace, the center of political authority until the 19th century, and many other examples of classical Ottoman and Byzantine architecture included in its premise the Historical Peninsula is the heart of the Empire. 

Midnight Stories: COGITO <br> Tevfik Uyar

Midnight Stories: COGITO
Tevfik Uyar

He had imagined the court room as a big place. It wasn’t. It was about the size of his living room, with an elevation at one end, with a dais on it. The judges and the attorneys sat there. Below it was an old wooden rail, worn out in some places. That was his place. There was another seat for his lawyer. At the back, about 20 or 30 chairs were stowed out for the non-existent crowd.