Osman HAMDI BEY (1842-1910) ✿

Osman Hamdi Bey /Օսման Համդի Բեյ (Istanbul, 1842-1910) was the most important Turkish painter and archaeologist of the 19th century. He trained in Paris under Jean-Léon Gérôme and upon his return to Turkey fulfilled various cultural positions before instituting and becoming the Director of the Academy of Fine Arts.

As a painter he imposed himself by founding an original painting school and as an archaeologist he was the great pioneer in the promotion of ancient history and archeology of the Turkish territory. He also created his country's first archaeological museum. Married to a French woman, he became close friends with the Italian artist Fausto Zonaro.

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