15.02.2019

Gentile Bellini and the "Great Turk"

Research Seminar mit Victor I. Stoichita

Präsentation

Documents inform about the wish of Mehmet II, the Conqueror of Constantinople, to be portrayed by a Western painter.  Some Italian artists (including Costanzo di Moysis da Ferrara) came to Istanbul in the 1460s and 1470s, but everything would seem to indicate that the sultan did not obtain what he wanted. In August, 1479, indeed, only shortly after peace with Venice was signed after decades of war, he asked, as part of the negotiations, that “a good painter who knows how to paint portraits” be sent to him. Enter Gentile Bellini.
The Venetian painter stayed for a little over a year (until the end of 1480 or early 1481), during which time the favours bestowed by the sultan were, if we are to believe the sources, prodigious. Several drawings show that the Venetian paid a great deal of attention to everything new he discovered in the streets of Istanbul, and sources refer to several commissions emanating from the seraglio. But the primary result of this visit was the portrait of the sultan, which is now in the National Gallery in London. It is a work of exceptional cultural hybridization, which must be approached and analysed in this light.

Wissenschaftliche Organisation: David Zagoury

Veranstaltungsort /Address/Indirizzo

Villino Stroganoff
Via Gregoriana 22
00187 Rom

Kontakt
Anna Paulinyi
+39 0669 993-227
paulinyi(at)biblhertz.it

Veranstaltungsdetails

Freitag, 15. Februar 2019
11.00 Uhr

Victor I. Stoichita

... (Bucharest 1949) teaches Early Modern Art History at the University of Fribourg /Switzerland.  He is the author of many art historical books translated world-wide, of whom Short History of the Shadow (Reaktion Books 1997;  B-format edition  2019)  and “The Self-Aware Image” (Cambridge University Press, 1997, revised and updated edition Harvey Miller Publishers, 2015) as well as of an autobiographical novel (Oublier Bucarest, Actes Sud, 2014) winner of the silver and gold medal of the Académie Française.