Maiden’s Tower Legend


There are many legends about the construction of the tower. According to one legend, an emperor had a much beloved daughter and one day, an oracle prophesied that she would be killed by a venomous snake on her 18th birthday. The emperor, in an effort to thwart his daughter's early demise by placing her away from land so as to keep her away from any snakes, had the tower built in the middle of the Bosphorus to protect his daughter until her 18th birthday. The princess was placed in the tower, where she was frequently visited only by her father. On the 18th birthday of the princess, the emperor brought her a basket of exotic sumptuous fruits as a birthday gift, delighted that he was able to prevent the prophecy. Upon reaching into the basket, however, an asp that had been hiding among the fruit bit the young princess and she died in her father's arms, just as the oracle had predicted, hence the name Maiden's Tower. Artist Ali Aliyev (Eminoglu) based on this legend, depicted the legend of the Maiden's Tower on the his painting.

Butterfly Effect


Ali Aliyev (Eminoglu) presented this phenomenon (butterfly effect) in the painting with the support of Istanbul theme and the Maiden's Tower figure. In the left half of the painting we see a female dancer, perhaps a ballerina, wearing a transparent dress with reds, pinks, yellows and blues flying over. In the right half of the picture, the influence of this woman, the trace in the system and some kind of reflection are depicted. The right side is more blurred, the colors are intertwined and the details are uncertain. This explains that the effects, traces and reflections cannot have the simplicity of the original and that something is missing. In the center of these two female figures, which are symmetrical and revealing a butterfly shape, is the Maiden's Tower with all its elegance. When the painting is turned 90 degrees, this time we see a woman flying over Istanbul theme and her reflection.

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                                                                                                              İbn-i Sina