Saturday, March 24, 2007
Ahmed Ziya was born in Istanbul in 1286 H. He studied in Kuleli Military School and in the Military Academy from which he graduated as an officer. He learned Thuluth and Naskhi from Hulusi Effendi, a pupil of Sevki, and Jeli Thuluth from Sami Effendi. He was also a graduate of the Sanayi-i Nefise (Academy of Fine Arts), which he entered in 1309 H. He was a good painter. He also studied ilmi nucum (astronomy). He was appointed muvakkit (time-Keeper) in the Muvakkithane of Eyup Mosque. He ater taught mathematics, cosmography and mechanics in the Halicioglu Military Lycee.This distinguished calligrapher, painter and scholar died in 1357 H. and was buried in the cemetery at Silivrikapi.