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Around the World with Nusret Colpan

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The artist in the 80s

Nusret Çolpan (October 1, 1952 – May 31, 2008) was a Turkish painter, architect and miniaturist, renowned for his paintings in Ottoman miniature style depicting cities around the world, particularly Istanbul. He painted over 300 miniatures in his 30 year career.

He was inspired by City Illustrator Matrakci Nasuh, who lived during the period of Suleiman the Magnificent. Cities are the main subjects of most of Çolpan’s Paintings, but he also painted events like Noah’s Ark, 8 miniatures for 700th anniversary of the Ottoman Empire, the Battle of Preveza, the Fall of Constantinople, Mevlana and Sema ceremonies: besides, he painted also on occasion of documentaries with his students. Çolpan used spiral forms in many miniatures. The harmony of spirals in clouds and general forms created his unique style. He avoided repainting old miniatures and managed to paint present time in the main concepts of miniature. He implemented miniatures on tiles first time. He continued on the way of his teacher Suheyl Unver and after centuries of neglect reapproched people with the art of miniature.

Nusret Colpan died at the age of 55 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Nusret Çolpan 2005

Nusret Çolpan 2005

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Turkey

Canakkale
Canakkale – Click to view a sharper image
Gul Camii
Gul Camii – Click to view a sharper image
Beyazid
Beyazid
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Bursa
Besiktas
Besiktas
Iznik
Iznik – click for a sharper image
Kizkulesi
Kizkulesi
Anadoluhisari
Anadoluhisari
Fetih
Fetih
Gecesefas
Gecesefas
Topkapi Sarayi
Topkapi Sarayi
Bogazici
Bogazici
Halic
Halic
Rumelikavagi
Rumeli Kavagi

Tile Work

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700 Years of Ottoman Empire

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Rest of the World

Madina
Madina
Hirka-i Serif Mosque
Hirka-i Serif Mosque
Buhara
Buhara
Kulliye
Kulliye
Mostar
Mostar
Ahmet Yesevi
Ahmet Yesevi
Nuhun Gemisi
Nuhun Gemisi
Avustralya
Avustralya (Australia)
Koln
Koln
Kudus
Kudus
Moskova
Moskova
New York

New York

Venedik
Venedik (Venice)
Paris
Paris

 

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9 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. These are beautiful, is there anywhere you can buy prints of his work online?

  2. @Shehan: Beautiful indeed! Actually I was interested in getting a print myself and couldn’t really find an online seller. Will let you know if I get any information update in this regard..

    Thank you for the comment and for visiting islamic-arts.org

    Best regards

    F.A. Bhatti
    islamic-arts.org

  3. I just fell in love with these amazing miniatures. I searched for a source to get one but couldn’t find something. I couldn’t stop myself from putting some Arabic poetry on the work in my personal blog, like this:

    http://dejavupress.blogspot.com/2012/05/blog-post_10.html

    Mentioning all the sources, of course.

    I will try to buy the “Kudus” :)

    Thank you very much.

  4. These are gorgeous gems! Masha’Allah.

  5. These are precious but priceless gems indeed. Masha’Allah.

    I’m a cartoonist and also calligraphers you can check my page on facebook.

    https://www.facebook.com/AwA.Artist?fref=ts

    All respect and love,
    Awss and Ibrahim

  6. I love your picture of Köln. Beautiful!

  7. I took the portrait photograph of Nusret Colpan in the early 1980’s. I have fond memories of him.

    • Thank you for visiting our site. Do you have any other photographs of Mr. Nusret Colpan that you may want to share with us?

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