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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 Constanzo da Ferrara (ca. 1450after 1524), to work at his court. This remarkable portrait is based on a composition attributed to Ferrara, now in the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. Notable for its sensitive modeling and fine details, the painting represents one of the earliest portraits of a painter from the Ottoman world.
Portrait of a painter
Turkey, late 15th century
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
18.8 x 12.7 cm
The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art|
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