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Portrait of a Painter

Historical period(s)
Ottoman period, Probably reign of Mehmet II, late 15th century
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (overall): 28.7 x 18.8 cm (11 5/16 x 7 3/8 in)
Turkey, Probably Istanbul
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
After defeating the Byzantines and establishing Istanbul as the new capital of the Ottoman empire, Mehmet II (reigned 1451–81) invited a number of Italian painters, including Gentile Bellini (ca. 1429–1507) and Costanzo da Ferrara (ca. 1450–after 1524), to work at his court. This portrait is based on a composition attributed to Ferrara, now in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Notable for its fine details and sensitive modeling, the Ottoman version has been erroneously ascribed to the fifteenth-century Persian painter Bihzad.

Jacques Doucet, Paris [1]

Parish-Watson Company, New York 1932 [2]

From 1932
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Parish-Watson Company, New York in 1932 [3]


[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note.

[2] Object file, undated folder sheet note. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[3] See note 2.

Former owner
Jacques Doucet (1853 - 1929)
Parish-Watson Company
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ottoman period (1307 - 1922), portrait, Turkey
Collection(s) Area
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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