The crown prince rooms in İstanbul's Dolmabahçe Palace are once again open to the public as of today, housing the new National Palaces Painting Museum.
The rooms, where the sons of Ottoman sultans resided during the reign of Sultan Abdülmecid, were converted into the new museum after four years of reconstruction work. Among other pieces, the museum will showcase 202 paintings from the Topkapı Palace Museum.
Another series of works, including portraits of Ottoman sultans, is currently under restoration and will be shown in other parts of the museum where renovations are still continuing. When completed, the National Palaces Painting Museum will feature nearly 400 paintings in 30 rooms.
A total of 11 of these rooms are now open to the public. The rooms group works under categories including Sultan Abdülmecid and Sultan Abdülaziz, the Westernization process, paintings of the Ottomans, İstanbul scenes, paintings purchased from Goupil Gallery in Paris, Ivan Konstantinovic Ayvazovski, court painters and Orientalist artists.
Turkish artists whose works are now on display include Osman Hamdi Bey, Hoca Ali Rıza, Şevket Dağ, İbrahim Çallı, Hikmet Onat, Halil Paşa, Osman Nuri Paşa, Şeker Ahmet Paşa, Süleyman Seyyid and Hüseyin Zekai Paşa. Visitors can also now see a portrait of Sultan Abdülaziz by Polish artist Stanislav Çelebovski and a work by Maltese painter Amadeo Preziosi depicting Sultan Abdülmecid.
The Crown Prince Rooms had been used to host İstanbul's Museum of Painting and Sculpture since 1937, but this arrangement came to an end in 2011. The National Palaces Painting Museum will be closed on Mondays and Thursdays.