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Carl Saltzmann
GERMAN
LEANDER'S TOWER AND THE OLD CITY BEYOND, CONSTANTINOPLE
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Carl Saltzmann
GERMAN
LEANDER'S TOWER AND THE OLD CITY BEYOND, CONSTANTINOPLE
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Carl Saltzmann
1847 - 1923
GERMAN
LEANDER'S TOWER AND THE OLD CITY BEYOND, CONSTANTINOPLE
signed and inscribed C. Saltzmann Nbbg lower left
oil on canvas
126 by 250.5cm., 49.5 by 98.5in.
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Provenance

Private collection, Germany

Catalogue Note

Painted from Üsküdar on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, this luminous panoramic view takes in many of Constantinople's most recognisable landmarks. In the foreground is Leander's Tower, built in the eighteenth century, which has variously served as a lighthouse, a customs control point and a maritime toll gate. The tower is known in Turkish as the 'Maiden's Tower', after a legendary princess, said to have been confined here after a prophet foretold that she would die from a snake-bite. The snake duly appeared from a basket of figs and struck the fatal blow. The English name for the tower derives from the Greek myth of Leander, who swam the Hellespont to see his lover Hero. Beyond the islet on which the tower stands, the silhouette of the Old City rises majestically from the Bosphorus, topped by Hagia Sophia flanked, on the left, by the Blue Mosque and, on the right, by the Topkapi palace.

Carl Saltzmann studied at the Berlin Academy where he later taught, and enjoyed the patronage of Crown Princess Victoria and Crown Prince Frederick (the future Kaiser Frederick III). In 1878 Victoria invited Saltzmann to be her son Heinrich's chaperone on his two-year world tour aboard the corvette Prinz Adalbert. From 1884 to 1885, at Heinrich's request, the brothers received instruction in drawing and painting from him. When William acceded to the throne as Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1888, he asked Saltzmann to join him on his first and successive northern tours of Russia, Sweden, and Denmark to record the journeys. His success allowed Saltzmann to commission a villa and studio in Neubabelsberg near Potsdam, where he completed many of his finished paintings including the present one, inscribed Nbbg.  

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