ISTANBUL - Turkish Daily News
A new exhibition at the Istanbul Research Institute presents a micro-level study of the historical topography of the city. The exhibition, Long Stories: Istanbul in the Panoramas of Melling and Dunn, a visual feast and historical survey, will be open until July 23.
The Istanbul panoramas of Antoine-Ignace Melling and Montagu B. Dunn that make up the exhibition are spectacular documents that shed light on the city's history. Melling demonstrates his realistic approach to the historic topography of late 18th century Istanbul, while Dunn reflects the new visage of Istanbul during the Crimean War period. Both panoramas remain as scientific testimonies to the changing urban image of Istanbul.
Antoine-Ignace Melling was a leading figure among the creative individuals of the Enlightenment period and Sultan Selim III appointed him as the imperial architect. Beşiktaş Palace, the Top Kapısı Waterfront Palace project, Çırağan Palace and Şerifler Yalı all feature his signature style. In Melling's panorama it is possible to observe in detail the new structural developments along the seaboard of Topkapı Palace, including Şevkiye Pavillion, the New Garden and the Top Kapısı Waterfront Palace. Dunn's panorama shows the striking images of modernization on the examples of the Fire Tower of the offices of the War Ministry, the Russian Embassy, Nusretiye Mosque, Mecidiye Barracks and Dolmabahçe Palace, which assume their places in the city's skyline.
Istanbul Research Institute (İstanbul Araştırmaları Ensitüsü)Meşrutiyet Caddesi No: 47, Tepebaşı / Beyoğlu