04 October Sunday

CHP Chairman Kılıçdaroğlu: “This Painting Belongs to This Land”

Fatih Sultan Mehmet’s Portrait, which has been on the agenda for a long time since its arrival to the city, was previewed to the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu with the name "The Conqueror's Renaissance.”

A portrait of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, which was bought by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality in June, has been put on display for the public with the participation of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and the Istanbul mayor, Ekrem Imamoğlu.

Stating that he was excited to see the portrait of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu expressed his feelings with the following words: “We would like to thank the mayor of Istanbul, who led and brought this portrait to Istanbul after so many centuries. Actually, that painting belongs to this land, therefore, it’s a painting that suits Istanbul and the world.”

Mrs. Canan Kaftancıoğlu, Istanbul provincial chair of the opposition party (CHP); Mr. Buğra Kavuncu, Istanbul provincial chair of the opposition party İYİ (Good) Party; Mr. Ertuğrul Günay, former Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism and some former ministers and deputies were also present at the ceremony.

The portrait of the sultan, also known as Mehmet the Conqueror for his conquest of the city from the Byzantine Empire in 1453, was bought at an auction at Christie’s in London.

The portrait of Mehmed II was made by Italian painter Gentile Bellini in 1480.

The portrait was taken to rest in the warehouse specially designed in the central building of the IMM, which returned to its home on August 26, after approximately 2 months of process.

Examining the painting at the temporary exhibition hall of the municipal building in Istanbul's Saraçhane neighborhood, Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu thanked those who contributed to bringing the work to the country, especially Mayor Ekrem Imamoğlu.

“An Italian painter reflected a person who conquered and ruled that city onto a canvas. Actually that painting is the right of this land. Therefore, it’s a painting that suits Istanbul and the world,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.

Speaking after Kılıçdaroğlu, mayor Imamoğlu noted that Mehmed II made Istanbul one of the most precious treasures of humanity with his mind, foresight, justice and tolerance.

He also stated that a storage area in the municipality building was created in order to protect the work from environmental conditions and to ensure its safety.

The exhibition will be open to visitors for three months starting from October 5, 2020.



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