The exhibition "From Morcote to Constantinople. The Fossati Brothers in the Service of the Sultan" promoted and sponsored by the Municipality of Morcote.
The exhibition, for the first time in Morcote, aims to revive the work of the two Morcote architect brothers Gaspare and Giuseppe Fossati - who lived in the 19th century and became world-famous for their restoration at the St. Sophia Mosque in Constantinople (1847- 49) - through a reprinting of 12 lithographs from Gaspare's pictorial album, "Aya Sofia Constantinople: As Recently restored by order of H. M. The Sultan Abdul Medjid," commissioned by Sultan Abdul Medjid (1839-60) and published in London in 1852 by the Colnaghi Typography. The purpose was to give maximum publicity to the restoration of the St. Sophia Mosque carried out by Gaspar and Joseph between 1847 and 1849.
The exhibition is curated and designed by Morcote's Municipal Culture Officer Caterina Hörtig in collaboration with arch. Nicolas Polli and arch. Sayako Hirakimoto.
Texts are edited by Prof. Daniela Mondini, assisted by the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio and Silvia Calvi, a student of the Master in History of Art and Architecture (MSTAA) and intern at in Municipality of Morcote. Graphics edited by Alberto Canepa.
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