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Luigi Mayer

  1755
  1803
   Contemporary Arts
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Interior View of the Catacombs at Alexandria, plate 11 from 'Views in Egypt',...
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The Mosque of Sultan Achmet at Constantinople, plate 2 from 'Views in the Ott...
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The Principal Street in Bethlehem, from 'Views of Palestine', Vol.II, publish...
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Aqueduct near Belgrade, Serbia, plate 6 from 'Views in the Ottoman Dominions'...
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Tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, from 'Views of Palestine' Vol.II, published by R...
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Joseph's Hall in the Castle of Cairo, plate 31 from 'Views in Egypt', engrave...
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Sarcophagi and Sepulchres at the Head of the Harbour at Cacamo, from 'Views i...
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Island of Tortosa, in Syria, from 'Views in the Ottoman Dominions', 1810 (col...
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View of the Nilometer, plate 2 from 'Views of Egypt', engraved by Thomas Milt...
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The Base of a Colossal Column near Syracuse, plate 28 from 'Views in the Otto...
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Sepulchral Chamber, Near Bethany, from 'Views of Palestine', Vol.II, publishe...
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Pera, plate 3 from 'Views in the Ottoman Dominions', pub. by Robert Bowyer (1...
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A Triumphal Arch of Tripoli in Barbary, plate 24 from 'Views in the Ottoman E...
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Pompey's Pillar, plate 14 from 'Views in Egypt', engraved by Thomas Milton (1...
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Mamelukes Exercising in the Square of Mourad Bey's Palace, plate 35 from 'Vie...
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Ruins of the Grand Aqueduct of Ancient Carthage, plate 23 from 'Views in the ...
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Chamber and Sarcophagus in the Great Pyramid of Gizah, plate 6 from 'Views in...
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Subterranean Chamber near the Pyramids at Geeza, plate 9 from 'Views in Egypt...
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The Obelisks at Alexandria, called Cleopatra's Needles, plate 12 from 'Views ...
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Jerusalem with the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, plate 3 from 'Views in Pales...
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Passage from the Second to the Third Gallery in the Great Pyramid, plate 5 fr...
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Principal Square in Grand Cairo, with Murad Bey's Palace, plate 27 from 'View...
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Subterranean Church of Bethlehem, from 'Views of Palestine', Vol.II, publishe...
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Ponte Piccolo in Romania, plate 9 from 'Views in the Ottoman Dominions', pub....
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Top of the First Pyramid of Gizah, plate 4 from 'Views of Egypt', engraved by...
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Temple of Solomon, plate 63 from 'Views in the Ottoman Dominions', pub. by Ro...
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Bethlehem in Palestine, View of the Principal Part of The City with the Arabi...
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An Ancient Sarcophagus of Basaltes, called the Lovers' Fountain, plate 10 fro...
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Interior of the Temple of Jupiter Ammon, near Alexandria, plate 71 from 'View...
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An Egyptian Bey, plate 41 from 'Views in Egypt', engraved by Thomas Milton (1...
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Port of Latachia, in Syria, from 'Views in the Ottoman Dominions', 1810 (colo...
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View of Constantinople, plate 1 from 'Views in the Ottoman Dominions' pub. by...
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Stadium in Ruin a Ephese formerly ancient city of Greece, today in Turkey. in...
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Ancient temple in Agrigento in Italy. in “” Views in the Ottoman Dominions, i...
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Luigi Mayer

  1755        1803
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In the late 18th century, the Ottoman Empire, the domestic power of the Muslim "ruler of all believers" with today's Turkey as its heartland, was no longer the anti-Christian spectre of past centuries - since the defeat at the gates of Vienna in 1683, the giant empire had begun to crumble militarily, morally and politically. Nevertheless, it remained a foreign, exotic world, closed to most Europeans, about which there were more rumours and legends than facts in circulation. It was reserved for a few contemporaries to report from "Turkey" in words and pictures; among them was the painter, draughtsman and illustrator Luigi Mayer.

Luigi Mayer was virtually predestined to look beyond the cultural horizon: as his name suggests, he was the son of an Italian mother and a German father. He was born in Rome in 1755, trained by the renowned engraver Piranesi and made drawings of the antiquities on the island of Sicily. His client was Ferdinand, King of Naples (which included Sicily until 1869).

In 1776 Mayer began his second career: In Istanbul he was joined by Sir Robert Ainslie, then British Ambassador at the "High Gate", who from then on financed his educational and working trips throughout the entire Ottoman Empire - combined with the task of providing the ambassador with impressions. For Ainslie was not only a career diploma, he was highly interested in the Ottoman Empire. And so Luigi Mayer travelled for almost sixteen years, until 1792, through landscapes as diverse as Egypt, Bulgaria, Palestine, Rhodes, Romania, Syria or Cyprus - because all these countries were still under the control of the Sultan in Constantinople at that time. By the way, Bulgaria and Romania were on the route from Ainslies' homeward journey to England.

Mayer's Oriental paintings and drawings became very popular in Great Britain from 1800 onwards - perhaps also because "the Turks" were temporarily among England's allies against Napoleon - were "lithographed" and appeared as an illustrated book with annotations in three different languages: English, German and Italian. It was only these comments that made the "Mayer Collection" a bestseller, because without explanations some of the illustrations would simply have remained alien to the viewer. For Mayer had not only painted temples, palaces or mosques. He had also dealt with the everyday life of ordinary people, with their traditional costumes and social customs, including profession and trade.

Mayer died in 1803 at the age of 48; the strenuous traveling life may have taken its toll. A year earlier Sir Robert Ainslie had ended his political career as a Member of Parliament for the county of Somerset. Mayer's paintings hang in the museums of various nations, his collection of drawings is now in the British Museum. © Meisterdrucke




Luigi Mayer
Interior View of the Catacombs a...
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Interior View of the Catacombs a...
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Luigi Mayer
Temple of Esculapius
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Temple of Esculapius
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The Mosque of Sultan Achmet at C...
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The Mosque of Sultan Achmet at C...
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The Principal Street in Bethlehe...
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The Principal Street in Bethlehe...
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Aqueduct near Belgrade, Serbia, ...
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Aqueduct near Belgrade, Serbia, ...
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Tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, fro...
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Tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, fro...
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Joseph's Hall in the Castle of C...
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Joseph's Hall in the Castle of C...
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Sarcophagi and Sepulchres at the...
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Sarcophagi and Sepulchres at the...
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Island of Tortosa, in Syria, fro...
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Island of Tortosa, in Syria, fro...
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View of the Nilometer, plate 2 f...
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View of the Nilometer, plate 2 f...
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Luigi Mayer
The Base of a Colossal Column ne...
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The Base of a Colossal Column ne...
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Sepulchral Chamber, Near Bethany...
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Sepulchral Chamber, Near Bethany...
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Pera, plate 3 from 'Views in the...
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Pera, plate 3 from 'Views in the...
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Luigi Mayer
 
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Luigi Mayer
A Triumphal Arch of Tripoli in B...
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A Triumphal Arch of Tripoli in B...
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Luigi Mayer
Pompey's Pillar, plate 14 from '...
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Pompey's Pillar, plate 14 from '...
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Luigi Mayer
Mamelukes Exercising in the Squa...
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Mamelukes Exercising in the Squa...
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Luigi Mayer
Ruins of the Grand Aqueduct of A...
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Ruins of the Grand Aqueduct of A...
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Chamber and Sarcophagus in the G...
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Chamber and Sarcophagus in the G...
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Subterranean Chamber near the Py...
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Subterranean Chamber near the Py...
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Luigi Mayer
The Obelisks at Alexandria, call...
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The Obelisks at Alexandria, call...
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Luigi Mayer
Jerusalem with the Church of the...
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Jerusalem with the Church of the...
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Luigi Mayer
 
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Luigi Mayer
Passage from the Second to the T...
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Passage from the Second to the T...
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Luigi Mayer
Principal Square in Grand Cairo,...
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Principal Square in Grand Cairo,...
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Subterranean Church of Bethlehem...
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Subterranean Church of Bethlehem...
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Luigi Mayer
Ponte Piccolo in Romania, plate ...
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Ponte Piccolo in Romania, plate ...
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Luigi Mayer
 
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Luigi Mayer
 
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Luigi Mayer
 
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Luigi Mayer
Top of the First Pyramid of Giza...
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Top of the First Pyramid of Giza...
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Luigi Mayer
Temple of Solomon, plate 63 from...
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Temple of Solomon, plate 63 from...
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Luigi Mayer
Bethlehem in Palestine, View of ...
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Bethlehem in Palestine, View of ...
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Luigi Mayer
An Ancient Sarcophagus of Basalt...
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An Ancient Sarcophagus of Basalt...
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Luigi Mayer
Interior of the Temple of Jupite...
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Interior of the Temple of Jupite...
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Luigi Mayer
An Egyptian Bey, plate 41 from '...
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An Egyptian Bey, plate 41 from '...
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Port of Latachia, in Syria, from...
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Port of Latachia, in Syria, from...
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View of Constantinople, plate 1 ...
1809 | coloured aquatint engraving

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View of Constantinople, plate 1 ...
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Stadium in Ruin a Ephese formerl...
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Ancient temple in Agrigento in I...
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