Works of art, antiquities, ethnographic material
Max von Oppenheim laid the foundation for his collection of works of Islamic art in the winter of 1883 on his first trip with his uncle Alexander Engels to the west Asian region of Turkey. Upon his return to Germany and his apartment in Wiesbaden, he furnished a room in “Turkish” style, in tune with the spirit of the times which expressed the nostalgic, Oriental romanticism gripping many European travellers to the east at the end of the 19th century. Exotic interiors, often limited to a single room, served as stages for personal “Oriental” fantasies.
Photo: Festive dress from Dalmatia, 1st half 19th century