Portrait of Sultan Ahmet I (1603-1617), Above a View of the Hippodrome and the "Blue Mosque" in Istanbul

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Portrait of Sultan Ahmet I (1603-1617), Above a View of the Hippodrome and the "Blue Mosque" in Istanbul

Turkey, circa 1805
Manuscripts; folios
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Oval: 13 x 10 in. (33.0 x 25.4 cm); Leaf: 21 3/8 x 15 15/16 in. (54.4 x 40.5 cm)
The Edwin Binney, 3rd, Collection of Turkish Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (M.85.237.58)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

Series portraits of the sultans were a common feature of imperial Ottoman art even into the nineteenth century, when, as seen in this example, European influence is so strong that the only Turkish con...
Series portraits of the sultans were a common feature of imperial Ottoman art even into the nineteenth century, when, as seen in this example, European influence is so strong that the only Turkish conventions are the pose of the sitter, his clothes, and the heraldic emblem of star and crescent above him. This painting relates to a series of royal Ottoman portraits that were subsequently engraved and printed in England in 1807. The scene below the seated figure of Sultan Ahmet is an allegorical reference to his reign, presenting symbols such as the keys to the Ka’ba; a turban from the favored order of dervishes; the so-called Blue Mosque, which he built; and the nearby Hippodrome.
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Bibliography

  • Denny, Walter B.  Turkish Treasures from the Collection of Edward Binney, 3rd.  Portland, OR:  Portland Art Museum, 1979.