Painting and Sculpture Museum

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Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum is the first Turkish museum dedicated to the fine arts. Opened in 1937 on the order of the first president of the Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the museum occupies the Baroque and Rococo chambers of the crown prince in the Dolmabahçe Palace. The museum displays more than 3,000 canvases and more than 600 sculptures created in 19th and 20th centuries. There are reproductions of paintings of famous European artists and artworks of Turkish painters.

The works of art are place chronologically. Şeker Ahmed Pasha and Ahmet Şekür are among prominent Turkish painters, mainly of military background. In their works they tried to reproduce the views of Istanbul and the palace by using some photos. The museum also exhibits the works of the founder of Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts, Osman Hamdi Bey. This museum, which illustrates the evolution of Turkish painting and sculpture, also demonstrates some works of Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Edouard Pignon and other renowned artists.

Address: Dolmabahçe Cad. Akatlar Durağı
Opening hours: closed Sun-Tue. Wed-Sat 10 am – 4.30 pm
Coordinates: 41.041111, 29.003551