Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky
- view of constantinople in moonlight
- signed in Latin l.r.
- oil on board
- 24.5 by 27.5cm., 9 3/4 by 10 3/4 in.
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Aivazovsky painted many panoramic views of Constantinople depicting the city in various lights, at sunrise, sunset and by moonlight, primarily from two viewpoints, the Golden Horn and Galata. Constantinople was only two hundred miles across the Black Sea from Aivazovsky's birthplace in the busy port of Theodosia. The large Armenian population of Constantinople, the cuisine, smells and sounds, would have been immediately familiar to the artist and goes some way in explaining why Constantinople came to have such a profound effect upon him. The cultural links between his hometown and Constantinople would have been far greater than those with St. Petersburg in the distant north. Such were the similarities between the two cities that at one time Theodosia had been nicknamed Küçük Stambul (Little Istanbul) by the Ottomans.