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The ‘Belle Epoque’ in Istanbul: Historicism, Eclecticism, and Art Nouveau in the Late Ottoman Capital with Dr. Luca Orlandi

The ‘Belle Epoque’ in Istanbul: Historicism, Eclecticism, and Art Nouveau in the Late Ottoman Capital with Dr. Luca Orlandi


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In this lecture, we will investigate the artistic and architectural phenomenon of different styles, such as Historicism, Eclecticism, Orientalism, and Art Nouveau, left by several architects who contributed to the making of the cosmopolitan and ‘Levantine’ Istanbul between the late 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century. Through the works of architects such as Raimondo D’Aronco, Konstantinos P. Kyriakidis, Alexandre Vallaury, Hovsep K. Aznavuryan, Stefanos, Dimosthenis Georgiadis, Giulio Mongeri, Vedeat Tek, Kemalettin Bey, and many others, this lecture will outline the transformations in the Ottoman society through the use of architecture, often ‘imported’ or based on Western models, mixed with the local cultural influences and tides, that formed a strong cultural bridge with the new European tendencies. 

Many were the protagonists who contributed to the urban, architectural, and artistic development of modern Istanbul, especially in the Municipality of Beyoğlu, which was the hub for all the Western legations and embassies, and a pulsing core of trades and financial activity. In a great period for the Ottomans, eager to compete with the major Western powers, Istanbul became the place for architectural experimentation, in which art and technique merged to create architectural masterpieces important for their artistic quality and constructive approach, not inferior to the buildings from the same period visible in the great European capitals, such as Paris, London, Vienna or Brussels. 

Led by an expert on Ottoman Architecture, Travelogues to Orient, and Genoese Heritage in Galata and Pera, Luca Orlandi, this interactive seminar will present the kaleidoscopic beauty of the city of Istanbul through the masterpieces built during the "Belle Epoque". Crafted to give precise details and to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased and deeper knowledge of architectural masters in one of the most intriguing and charming cities of the world.

Luca Orlandi is an architect and an architectural historian. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at University of Genoa (Italy) and obtained a PhD in 2005 from the Polytechnics of Turin (Italy), within the program: History and Critics of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage. He lives in Istanbul and works as Assistant Professor Dr. in the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Özyeğin University (OZU). He teaches courses such as: History of Architecture, Contemporary Architecture, and Architectural Design Studio. He often participates in lectures, seminars, and workshops in other Turkish universities and abroad, mainly in Italy. He is an active member of ICOMOS Italy and his fields of interest cover several topics like Ottoman Architecture and Master Sinan, Contemporary Turkish Architecture, as well as Genoese Heritage in the Orient and Travelogue and Narratives about the Levant.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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