Sultans Of Calligraphy

The Presidency Of Religious Affairs Is Mounting Two Exhibitions Of Some Of The Rarest Examples Of Islamic Calligraphy. Venues For The Exhibitions, Which Are Part Of The 2013 Blessed Birth Week Celebrations, Are The Ayasofya In Istanbul And The Ankara Congressium.

Islamic art historian Prof. Dr. Uğur Derman is consultant for the exhibition, which has been titled ‘Hüsn-i Hatt’ (Calligraphy) and includes manuscripts by Ottoman calligrapher-sultans Mahmud II, Selim III, Murad III, Abdülmecid and Vahdeddin as well as renowned calligraphers who were founders of schools of calligraphy in their day, such as Hafız Osman, Yesarizade Mustafa İzzet, Sami Efendi, Fehmi Efendi, Mustafa Rakım, Mahmud Celaleddin, Selma Hanım, Abdullah Üsküdari, Hamid Aytaç and Necmeddin Okyay. The collection consists of rare examples culled from the Turkish Foundation Calligraphy Art Museum, Süleymaniye Library, Istanbul City Museum and Topkapı Palace as well as private collections. The exhibition, which also features some special studies by well-known contemporary calligraphers, is coming to art lovers at the Istanbul Ayasofya Museum, April 12 to May 12, and at the Ankara Congressium, April 18 to 23.