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 145181) invited a number of Italian painters, including Gentile Bellini (ca. 14291507) and Costanzo da Ferrara (ca. 1450after 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 
Parish-Watson Company, New York 1932 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Parish-Watson Company, New York in 1932 
 Object file, undated folder sheet note.
 Object file, undated folder sheet note. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
 See note 2.
- Former owner
- Jacques Doucet (1853 - 1929)
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- Collection(s) Area
- Arts of the Islamic World
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum