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Stanislaus von Chlebowski
POLISH
AT PRAYER, HAGIA SOPHIA
SALTAR AL LOTE
29
Stanislaus von Chlebowski
POLISH
AT PRAYER, HAGIA SOPHIA
SALTAR AL LOTE

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Stanislaus von Chlebowski
1835 - 1884
POLISH
AT PRAYER, HAGIA SOPHIA
signed and dated St. Chlebowski / 1879 lower right
oil on panel
46 by 30.5cm., 18 by 12in.
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Procedencia

Private collection, USA

Nota del catálogo

After the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, the Byzantine church of Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque. Among the features added over subsequent centuries was the sultan's loge, seen in the background, built by the Italian-Swiss architects, the Fossati brothers. The Fossatis, who undertook a major restoration of the Hagia Sophia for Sultan Abdül Mecit in 1847-9, also added the eight great calligraphic roundels that hang over the nave, two of which are seen here. They bear the names of Allah, the Prophet Mohammed, the first four caliphs, and Hasan and Hussein, two of the Prophet's grandsons who are revered as martyrs.  

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