Osman Hamdi Bey

Dec 30, 1842 - Feb 24, 1910

Osman Hamdi Bey was an Ottoman administrator, intellectual, art expert and also a prominent and pioneering painter. He was also an accomplished archaeologist, and is regarded as the pioneer of the museum curator's profession in Turkey. He was the founder of Istanbul Archaeology Museums and of the Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts, known today as the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts. He was also the first mayor of Kadıköy.
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