THÉODORE GUDIN | THE GOLDEN HORN
The canvas has been relined and is attached to a keyed wooden stretcher.
There is a pattern of hairline craquelure throughout. However, this is not distracting.
Inspection under ultra-violet light reveals a heavy layer of residual varnish. Some minor, scattered retouching is visible, including strokes along the right and left framing edges, some inpainting in the hull of the boat to the far left and some other minor scattered spots.
Otherwise, this work presents well and is in good condition.
Presented in a decorative gilt frame.
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Often described as the world's greatest natural harbour, the Golden Horn is a flooded river valley which flows into the Bosphorus. According to legend, the Byzantines threw so many valuables into it during the Ottoman conquest that the waters glistened with gold. Gudin's panorama, looking upstream, takes in the majestic skyline of the Old City, including the New (Yeni) Mosque, and the Süleymaniye Mosque in the distance. The view predates the building of the Galata bridge, which today spans the Golden Horn from the foot of the New Mosque to Galata on the other shore (see lot 13).
Since its foundation under the name of Byzantion around 660 BC, Istanbul developed to become one of the most significant commercial and cultural centres in history. After its re-establishment as Constantinople in 330 AD, it served as an imperial capital for almost sixteen centuries. Lying on the historic Silk Road, and with its proximity to both Europe and the Middle East and commanding position on the only sea route between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, Istanbul was instrumental in the advancement of global commerce as early as Roman and Byzantine times.