SANAT TARIHI DERGISI-JOURNAL OF ART HISTORY, vol.31, no.1, pp.155-207, 2022 (ESCI)
Bridges are vital in cities like Istanbul where water flows through them. For this reason, bridge planning studies begin on the Golden Horn from a very early date. The construction of the first bridge in the modern sense is in the nineteenth century. This is the period when many foreign artists came to Istanbul and these artists always painted the Golden Horn. There are many factors in the selection of the Golden Horn as a subject by foreign artists: The color of the Golden Horn changes due to the weather and currents; the silhouette of the city with domes and minarets and this silhouette can be followed easily from the sea; like monumental structures Suleymaniye Mosque, Beyazit Tower, Galata Tower; the diversity of the people can be easily shown in the pictures since the city center is around the Golden Horn.