Cincinnati by Metin (c) 2012
19''x17' Acrylic on hard paper
"The Queen of the West"
Oiginal Cincinnati painting is created with infinite patience by the artist Metin Bereketli -- by millions of free-hand strokes applied with a thin brush on a canvas through the aid of a magnifying glass. That's why you need a magnifying glass to see all the fine details in this unique painting.
Cincinnati (pronounced /sɪnsɨˈnæti/) is a city in and the county seat of Hamilton County, Ohio, United States. Settled in 1788, the city is located north of the Ohio River at the Ohio-Kentucky border, near Indiana. The population within city limits was 296,943 according to the 2010 census, making it Ohio's third-largest city. According to the 2008 Census Bureau estimate, theCincinnati metropolitan area had a population of 2,155,137, the 27th most populous Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in theUnited States, and the second most populous in Ohio. Residents of Cincinnati are called Cincinnatians.
In the early 19th century, Cincinnati was the first American boomtown in the heart of the country to rival the larger coastal cities in size and wealth. As the first major inland city in the country, it is sometimes thought of as the first purely American city. It developed initially without as much recent European immigration or influence as took place in eastern cities. However, by the end of the 19th century, with the shift from steamboats to railroads, Cincinnati's growth had slowed considerably and the city became surpassed in population and prominence by another inland city, Chicago.
Cincinnati is home to two major sports teams, the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals, a major tennis tournament, theCincinnati Masters, and home to large events such as the Flying Pig Marathon, the Ohio Valley Jazz Festival, and the Thanksgiving Day race. The University of Cincinnati traces its foundation to the Medical College of Ohio, which was founded in 1819.