Giorgione: The Tempest

It's a painting! It's a book cover! It's both!

Iğdır, Turkey (Postage Stamp)This Turkish card shows the cover image for the book Son Ülke (“The Last Country”).  It’s also a detail of the painting “The Tempest” by Giorgione, painted around 1508.  (According to the card, the title of the painting in Turkish is Fırtına, which is the Turkish word for “storm”; not a lot of synonyms in the Turkish language.)

Yasemin sent me this card from Ankara, writing (in Turkish): “This is my first time writing to someone who knows Turkish, I am excited.  I hope you like my card.”  I do like it, very much.

I also like the stamp, which shows Iğdır, a city in eastern Turkey.  On the right of the stamp, you can see the Ermeni Soykırım Anıtı (Armenian Genocide Monument), which is a memorial to non-combatant Turks killed by Armenians during World War I.  Off in the distance is Mount Ararat, alleged by some to be the final resting place of Noah’s Ark.

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4 Responses

  1. Lydia says:

    Beautiful. Especially interesting in light of Obama’s having been in Turkey this week. How is it that you know Turkish? I must delve more deeply here for clues…..

  2. It is no mystery; I served there for three years, including Operation Desert Storm.

  3. Marie says:

    Being that I have a sonny boy named Noah I especially love this stamp:)

  4. Eddy says:

    Beautiful card Chris. It’s a beautiful painting too.

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