Constructing Melchior Lorichs's 'Panorama of Constantinople'
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
To link to this item DOI: 10.1525/jsah.2010.69.1.62
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.