Directorate of Communications to organise “Nakkaş Osman Surnâme-i Hümayun Digital Miniature Exhibition” within the scope of “360 Culture and Art Show”

Directorate of Communications to organise “Nakkaş Osman Surnâme-i Hümayun Digital Miniature Exhibition” within the scope of “360 Culture and Art Show”

Presidency's Directorate of Communications continues to offer digital exhibitions to our citizens by using new communication instruments and display techniques to increase recognition of our traditional arts and make new generations love these arts. The Directorate organised another "360 Culture and Art" project in which digital exhibitions was held with the hologram and special projection technology. In this context, the digital exhibition, consisting of the "Surnâme-i Hümayun" miniatures, one of the most important works of the Turkish miniature art, by Nakkaş Osman (Osman the Miniaturist) was opened on Monday, February 15 at the Marmaray Yenikapı Station. The miniature, one of our ancient art of great historical and cultural value, was included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity later in 2020 with our country's initiatives.  

"Surnâme-i Hümayun," which was made by Nakkaş Osman, a chief miniaturist of the Ottoman palace in the 16th century, and his team and written by Council Clerk İntizâmi, is currently preserved in Topkapı Palace as a single copy. It is a unique work in terms of the Ottoman culture and history of art with its unique miniatures and exciting story, and it sheds light on the lifestyle and entertainment concept of Istanbul in the 16th century.

The digital exhibition held with the hologram and video mapping technique includes 15 miniatures from Nakkaş Osman's various works, 32 miniatures from "Surnâme-i Hümayun" and a three-dimensional hologram film that tells the story of Surnâme. The exhibition can be visited free of charge between 10:00 and 18:00 until March 5, 2021. In the exhibition, where necessary precautions are taken against the Covid-19 pandemic, fever is measured at the entrance to the exhibition, and the guests are ensured to comply with the mask, social distance and hygiene rules. The exhibition will be closed to visitors at the weekend.

About Nakkaş Osman

There is no exact information about the dates of birth and death of Nakkaş Osman, one of the 16th century miniature artists. He was born in Foca city in the Bosnia-Herzegovina District. He came to Istanbul for his education. When his talent was noticed by his teachers, he was given to the palace miniature workshop as an apprentice during the period of Suleiman the Magnificent. Nakkaş Osman proved himself in a short time by making a name for himself with his talent. Nakkaş Osman, who provided great services during the reigns of Selim II and Murad III, served as the chief miniaturist for many years in the workshop by order of Murad III. Known as the Leonardo da Vinci of the East, Nakkaş draws attention with the original style he manifested in his works. Today, there are around 600 miniatures thought to belong to Nakkaş Osman in Topkapı Palace.


DATE: February 15, 2021 - March 5, 2021

VISITING HOURS:  10:00 - 18:00

VENUE: Marmaray Yenikapı Station