- Hermann Corrodi
View across the Bosphorus, Constantinople
- signed H. Corrodi lower left
- oil on canvas
- 100 by 166.5cm., 39½ by 65¼in.
From its viewpoint on the Asian side of the Bosphorus looking west towards Seraglio Point, this impressive panorama takes in a wealth of detail, from the riders and villagers gathered in groups in the foreground, to the town of Kadiköy bathed in evening sunlight on the near shore, to the skyline of Sultanahmet in the distance. The calm waters of the Bosphorus form a glowing sheen, mirroring the pinky blue evening sky.
Educated at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome, Corrodi earnt his international reputation with his views of Constantinople and Egypt, which were eagerly bought by Turks and Europeans alike. His patrons included the German Kaiser and the English Royal Family, and he exhibited across Europe, including at the Royal Academy in London.