The Ottoman Orient in Renaissance Art

Guided visit to the exhibition “The Ottoman Orient in Renaissance Art” in Bozar, followed by a dinner at the University Foundation.

On 29 May 1453 the Ottomans took Constantinople. News of the city’s fall spread throughout Europe. The approach of the Ottomans coincided with the emergence of a veritable fascination with this highly developed culture and its scientific refinement. Artists from every corner of Europe travelled to the shores of the Bosphorus; trade flourished, and so did cultural interchange, giving rise to a great number of artworks showing this intercultural dynamic. The exhibition shows the lure of the Near East for Western artists and draws attention to the influence of the Islamic world on Renaissance thought. With works of Bellini, Carpaccio, Dürer, Titiaan and others.