ISTANBUL (QHA) - The Istanbul Naval Museum will continue its “Selected Painters” exhibition series with Crimean painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, who is considered one of the most prominent artists and one of the greatest marine artists of the 19th century, World bulletin reports. The Aivazovsky exhibition that will open on Jan. 7, 2014 will showcase his oil paint works on canvas, according to a written statement made by the Naval Forces Command. Aivazovsky was born in 1817 in the town of Feodosia, Crimea, to an Armenian family. In 1845, he went to Istanbul upon the invitation of Sultan Abdülmecid I. During his long sojourn in Istanbul, Aivazovsky was commissioned for a number of paintings as a court painter by the Ottoman Sultans Abdülmecid, Abdulaziz and Abdulhamid, 30 of which are currently on display in the Ottoman Imperial Palace, the Dolmabahçe Museum and many other museums in Turkey.