!5th century Painting of a Painter, Turkey
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.
He is wearing a short sleeved caftan with a collar reminiscent of Borsa 13th century styles, it has two buttons, over a tight sleeved inner robe, a tall hat with a turban, he also wears one or more? fabric folded sash for a belt.
Freer Sackler Gallery