Drawing On Istanbul

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Drawing On Istanbul
In 1999 Los Angeles artist Trici Venola left the digital world to travel and draw in Turkey. This blog is about living in Turkey.
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  • PEACE IN THE RUINS: Drawing the Hospital of Sampson 11 months ago A huge fire in Constantinople burned so fiercely that the lead sheets on the top of Hagia Sophia melted, it was said, and poured like rain. Fervent prayers to St Sampson preceded a deluge of real rain that put out … Continued The post PEACE IN THE RUINS: Drawing the Hospital of Sampson appeared...
  • Rolling the Boukoleon Bones 1 year ago “Something in me has always wanted to crouch at the edge of an alien civilization, making art. Just now I’m looking out over dull silver drifts of sea fading into the mist, peppered with minute black birds in an erratic line. The entire bottom … Continued The post Rolling the Boukoleon...
  • ROCKING THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION: Drawing on The Hasankeyf Train 1 year ago PRECEDENT Around 1830, beloved literary giant Victor Hugo learned that the old Gothic pile in the middle of Paris was to be pulled down. A crooked filthy church like a brokeback dragon, built piecemeal over centuries, it had been badly … Continued The post ROCKING THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION:...
  • Ghost Church: Drawing Theotokos in Chalkoprateia 1 year ago 5th century AD: Furious clamor as police descend on Constantinople’s Chalkoprateia, the Bronze District, where Jewish artisans live, creating and selling bronze items. Screaming in outrage, bearded Jews in caps are dragged from their shops, beaten, banished. An earlocked apprentice …...
  • HOT CROSSES: Crusader Graffiti in Hagia Sophia 1 year ago TWO LEAD CROSSES They’re only visible from a few inches away. Carved  at eye level into the side of a malachite pillar in Hagia Sophia’s lower North Gallery are two thick little crosses side by side. The lead pressed into them … Continued The post HOT CROSSES: Crusader Graffiti in Hagia...

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