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Constructing Melchior Lorichs's 'Panorama of Constantinople'

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Westbrook, N., Dark, K. R. and Van Meeuwen, R. (2010) Constructing Melchior Lorichs's 'Panorama of Constantinople'. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 69 (1). pp. 62-87. ISSN 0037-9808

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1525/jsah.2010.69.1.62

Abstract/Summary

In Constructing Melchior Lorichs's Panorama of Constantinople, Nigel Westbrook, Kenneth Rainsbury Dark, and Rene Van Meeuwen propose that Melchior Lorichs's 1559 Panorama of Constantinople was created by using a viewing grid. The panorama is thus a reliable graphic source for the lost or since-altered Ottoman and Byzantine buildings of the city. The panorama appears to lie outside the conventional symbolic mode of topographical depiction common for its period and constitutes a rare "scientific" record of an encounter of a perspicacious observer with a vast subject. The drawing combines elements of allegory with extensive empirical observation. Several unknown structures, shown on the drawing, have been located in relation to the present-day topography of Istanbul, as a test-case for further research.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Research Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies
ID Code:17732
Publisher:University of California Press

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