Splendors of the Ottoman Sultans (1993)

Genres - Historical Film, Visual Arts  |   Sub-Genres - Social History  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter

This film is a splendid display of artworks from the Ottoman Sultans' palace, Topkapi. The palace was built by Sultan Mehmed II, the Conqueror, after his forces ravaged Constantinople in 1453. The fabulous collection is derived from the wealth accrued by the Ottoman Turks during their six century reign. The collection contains bejeweled swords and daggers, armor and other war implements, clothes of the sultans, carpets, textiles, paintings, ceramics, manuscripts, jewels, furniture, and other crafts. This film coincided with the opening of an exhibition entitled "Palace of Gold and Light: Treasures from the Topkapi, Istanbul", that opened at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Wasgington D.C. in March of 2000.



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