The Tortoise Trainer

Our new video project to bring to life the famous Turkish painting of “The Tortoise Trainer

The Tortoise Trainer (Turkish: Kaplumbağa Terbiyecisi) is a painting by Osman Hamdi Bey which was crafted in 1906 and 1907 (two versions).
The painting depicts an elderly man in traditional Ottoman religious costume dating from before the introduction of the fez and the spread of Western style dress following the Tanzimat reforms in the mid 19th century. He holds a traditional ney flute with which he is attempting to “train” the tortoises at his feet.

Skills Involved


  • Video Production
  • Special Effects
  • Editing
  • Cast