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Online shopping from a great selection at Books Store. MELLING, Antoine Ignace (). Voyage pittoresque de Constantinople et des rives du Bosphore. Paris, Strassburg and London: Treuttel et Würtz. Antoine Ignace Melling was a painter, architect and voyager who is counted among the “Levantine Artists”.

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He is famous for his iynace of Constantinoplea town where he lived for 18 years. His most influential work is published as Voyage pittoresque de Constantinople et des rives du Bosphore.

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After the death of his sculptor father, he lived with his painter uncle, Joseph Mellingin Strassbourg Alsace. As a young man he visited his older brother, and studied Architecture and Mathematics at Klagenfurt. At the age of 19, he went to ItalyEgyptand finally Constantinople as a member of the Russian Antine retinue and household with the aim of drawing pictures for various dignitaries. Delighted with the result, she asked Melling to redecorate the palace interior, and subsequently, a completely new neoclassical palace at Defterdarburnu.

He also designed clothes and jewellery for her. Melling Pasha’s eighteen years as Imperial Architect gave him a privileged opportunity to observe the Ottoman Court.

He became more familiar with the Ottoman palace than any Western artist since Gentile Bellini. He made many detailed drawings of the Sultan’s palaces, Ottoman society, and vedute of Constantinople and its environs.

He was rightly known as “the unrivalled painter of the Bosphorus”. As stated in an anonymous travelogue written in about”Sometimes these pictures contain an excessive amount of detail in an endeavour to reflect the reality but they depict the modern buildings and landscapes of this city, every view of which is attractive, in a manner more successful than that achieved in the most sensitive written descriptions.


He went to Paris inand published a prospectus for the Voyage pittoresque de Constantinople et des rives du Bosphore. With the help of Talleyrand Melling was appointed landscape painter to the Emperor Napoleon’s wife, the Empress Josephine. By he had set up an engraving studio for the purpose of reproducing completed images of his drawings. A series of facsimiles were sent out to subscribers, between and Examples of etchings with engraving by Schroeder, Duplessi-Bertaux, and Pigeot after Melling, with later professional hand-colouring, include:.

His journey to the Netherlands under French rule at the time is documented by Melling not only by a large number of surviving drawings but also by the letters sent to his family in Paris.

Art Now and Then: Antoine Ignace Melling

The joys and inconveniences of that journey, which took him as far as the Hanseatic towns, are reported in a lively style, as are various aspects of Dutch life, the monuments and inhabitants of large cities, like Rotterdam and Amsterdamand the “overwhelming appeal” of villages such as Antoins in Waterland and the peaceful Sunday atmosphere of Zwolle. The illustrated and annotated letters, preceded by an introduction — like a travel diary intended for a Voyage pittoresque — were never published.

Afterhe was sent by the French Government to document the Pyrenees and ginace that their natural beauty rivalled that of the Alps. Examples of hand-coloured aquatints from this work include:. Memories and the City. Pamuk claims that Melling saw the city like an Istanbullu but painted it like a cleareyed Westerner.


The congress took place under the patronage and in presence of the President of Turkey. The papers presented – subsequently revised by their authors – are published in three separate volumes: This course, “focuses on a selected few masterpieces of Ottoman artistic and literary production, picked on the basis of not only their high aesthetic qualities, but also their representativeness across different genres and historical periods”.

Antoine Ignace Melling

This facsimile mellimg was available in two different bindings. One is bound in Japanese cloth and the other is a very limited edition of only 50 copies bound in leather – intended for connoisseurs of fine books.

The binding and decoration of all the leather-bound copies were done by hand. The book includes 48 views of Constantinople in the late 18th century and also three maps. The facsimile publishers also offered 25 copies of an edition of the unfolded image plates presented in a leather-bound case.

The text for this edition is bound separately and presented in a pocket in the leather case. The descriptions of the views in the facsimile edition are in the original French, with an English translation.

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