Interior of Hogia Sophia 
John Singer Sargent -- American painter 
Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY
18" x ?
Oil on canvas
18" x ?
Museum purchase 1960.5
Jpg: J.B. Speed Art Museum / Dan Smith
From: Speed Art Museum
According to an account published in 1925, Sargent bribed an official to gain access to Hagia Sophia. He made this sketch in the early morning, just as warm, golden light began to fill the space. Although he worked rapidly, Sargent still was able to capture perfectly the grandeur and mystery of the building’s expansive interior.
Speed Art Museum)

More paintings see:

Sketch of Santa Sofia 



See photos of Hogia Sophia (Santa Sofia) 

Special thanks to Dan Smith, a friend of the JSS Gallery, for sending me the image of this painting from one of his trips. To see more of his images from his quest for art, visit his website here ArtQuest USA

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  • Thanks to Dan Smith for seeing this at the Speed Art Museum and letting me know

Created 1999