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Alberto Pasini

The Yesil Mosque in Bursa

Alberto Pasini

Alberto Pasini

The Yesil Mosque in Bursa

The Yesil Mosque in Bursa

Alberto Pasini

Italian

1826 - 1899

The Yesil Mosque in Bursa


signed and dated A. Pasini 1876 lower right

oil on canvas

Unframed: 65.8 by 39cm., 26 by 15¼in.

Framed: 88.5 by 65.8cm., 34¾ by 26in.

The canvas has been lined. There is some faint craquelure to and around the figure group, visible upon close inspection, otherwise the work is ready to hang. Examination under ultra-violet light reveals an uneven varnish that fluoresces in places, retouching to the right framing edge, infilling to craquelure to the left and above the figure group, thin flecks of retouching in a C shape to one of the lighter panels of the wall, an area of retouching to the side wall the far right figure is leaning on and some spots to the left framing edge.


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Private collection, Germany (acquired in London before 1914 by a member of the family in the diplomatic service)
The present work depicts the Yesil Mosque in Bursa, an early masterpiece of Ottoman architecture, built in 1421. The sunset red, seen from the window at the back, indicates that it is the time for the evening prayer. The wall on the left is richly decorated with tiles crowned by a majestic band of calligraphy running from right to left, precisely depicted by Pasini. This Arabic inscription is from the Holy Qur’an (39:73) and can be translated as: “Peace be upon you. You have done well, so enter, herein you shall abide”.