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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Caption: Interior of Santa Sophia

Caption:
Interior of Santa Sophia
Artist:
Blake, Edith (née Osborne)
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Lithographic Reproduction
Engraver:
Photographic process
Author:
Blake, Edith Osborne
Title of Publication:
Twelve months in Southern Europe
Publisher:
Chapman and Hall
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1876
Note on artwork:
Santa (Hagia) Sophia when depicted by Blake served as a mosque in Constantinople (modern day Istanbul, Turkey). Once a Byzantine Basilica, following the Ottoman seizure of the city in 1453 it became a mosque and remained so until 1931 when it closed for four years before reopening as a museum in 1935. Blake has carefully recorded the key structural and decorative details of the building including the large medallions inscribed by calligrapher Kazasker Izzet Efendi which carried the names of Allah and the prophet Muhammad; the first four Caliphs of Islam; and the two grandsons of Mohammed are clearly visible.
References:
Snoddy (2002) and DIB online


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