Members of Court of Sultan Selim II (r. 1566-1574)

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Members of Court of Sultan Selim II (r. 1566-1574)

Turkey, circa 1570
Manuscripts; folios
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
14 7/8 × 9 15/16 in. (37.78 × 25.24 cm) Frame: 29 × 23 × 1 1/2 in. (73.66 × 58.42 × 3.81 cm)
The Edwin Binney, 3rd, Collection of Turkish Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (M.85.237.20)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

From the late sixteenth century until the formation of the Republic of Turkey in 1922, the Ottoman sultans maintained a strong tradition of imperial portraiture....
From the late sixteenth century until the formation of the Republic of Turkey in 1922, the Ottoman sultans maintained a strong tradition of imperial portraiture. Influenced by European oil painting and Persian miniatures, Ottoman portraits provide important information about court ceremonies, changing fashions, and members of the court. The right side of a double-page composition, this painting was created as a pendant to a portrait of Selim II on the left, now in the collection of the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto. The musicians, servants, and courtiers, who are identified by their inscriptions, face left, toward the sultan, in a show of deference to their ruler.
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