Another genre relating to Turkey was found in
Tunisia, where public admiration for Mustafa
Kemal Atatürk, who led the struggle against
the Western powers and the Ottoman sultan, was
reflected in paintings under glass.
The fragility of glass is one of the main reasons
for the rarity of these delightful pictures,
about whose anonymous artists very little is
known. Some interesting examples can be seen
at Topkapi Palace, and in the Museum
of Divan Literature in Istanbul. There are also
some of these pictures in private collections,
such as those of Balkan Naci Islimyeli,
Neveser Aksoy, Ömer Bortaçina, Sahin
Paksoy and Hifzi Topuz. A handful
of leading Turkish artists are now using the
technique, including Mustafa Plevneli, Neveser
Aksoy and Mevlut Akyildiz, so
that it may be sous-verre is in for a revival.
Text and photos EYÜP COSKUN*
* Eyüp Coskun is a journalist.