We invite you to discover an artwork from Jennifer Dickson’s exhibition The Credo Project and virtually travel to the architectural space that inspired it! Exploring sacred spaces of the three Abrahamic religions and examining how these buildings bear the passage of time, the images in The Credo Project were captured during Dickson’s travels to the U.K., Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Morocco between 1979 and 2008. Here we take a closer look at Sultan’s Loge in the Selimiye Mosque depicted in Credo: Ten. The Credo Project is currently on view at the OAG until February 7, 2021.
Take a moment to observe the profusion of ornate detail at the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey. Designed by the architect Mimar Sinan for Sultan Selim II and built between 1569 and 1575, the space was made sumptuous to impress visitors to the Ottoman Empire. Following the Islamic tradition, which forbids images of Muhammad, the richly decorative interior features calligraphy, as well as Iznik tile motifs such as saz leaves, fruit trees in blossom, and tulips, which represent Allah. This decorative program adorns the symmetrical interior of this sacred space that is still used as a place of worship today. Click here to further explore the interior of the mosque on Google Earth or take a 360 tour of the building, here.