The Ahırkapı Lighthouse

Michael Zeno Diemer1906/1907

Pera Museum

Pera Museum
Istanbul, Türkiye

Diemer, who masterfully portrayed in seascapes, has a number of drawings and paintings featuring İstanbul and the Dardanelles. In his İstanbul paintings, the artist portrayed the sailboats or steamboats cruising at different parts of the Marmara or the Bosphorus together with the views of the city in the background. In this particular painting, he turns his gaze to the city in a manner that sets the Ahırkapı Lighthouse –commissioned by Sultan Abdülmecid– in the foreground. The kinds of ships frequently encountered in his other paintings are depicted as they entering the Bosphorus from the Marmara Sea. The work presents a view of the city from the sea. In this respect, it complements other paintings featured in the exhibition by various artists, which portray Sarayburnu and the entrance to the Bosphorus.


  • Title: The Ahırkapı Lighthouse
  • Creator: Michael Zeno Diemer
  • Date Created: 1906/1907
  • Physical Dimensions: 82.5 x 110 cm
  • Type: Oil on Canvas
  • Pera Museum: Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Collection

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