Christie’s to offer six portraits of Ottoman Sultans retracing 250 years of history

Christie’s to offer six portraits of Ottoman Sultans retracing 250 years of history

The Art of the Islamic & Indian Worlds live auction on 28 October 2021 will offer a series of six portraits of Ottoman sultans, covering 250 years of history, from 1326, when Orhan became Sultan until Selim II, who passed away in 1574. The original series counted 14 portraits of which only one full set has survived and is today property of the Wittelsbach family and on exhibition in Würzburg. The series of six paintings to be auctioned is the second largest set in existence – dating from circa 1600 and derives from the original set produced in Venice in 1579, at the instigation not, as one might presume, of a European patron, but of the Ottoman Grand Vizier Sokollu Mehmed Pasha (1506-1579). On 28 June 1578 Sokollu Mehmed Pasha asked Venice’s resident ambassador in Istanbul, Niccolò Barbarigo, for portraits
The Art of the Islamic & Indian Worlds live auction on 28 October 2021 will offer a series of six portraits of Ottoman sultans, covering 250 years of history, from 1326, when Orhan became Sultan until Selim II, who passed away in 1574. The original series counted 14 portraits of which only one full set has survived and is today property of the Wittelsbach family and on exhibition in Würzburg. The series of six paintings to be auctioned is the second largest set in existence – dating from circa 1600 and derives from the original set produced in Venice in 1579, at the instigation not, as one might presume, of a European patron, but of the Ottoman Grand Vizier Sokollu Mehmed Pasha (1506-1579). On 28 June 1578 Sokollu Mehmed Pasha asked Venice’s resident ambassador in Istanbul, Niccolò Barbarigo, for portraits