Thursday, September 9, 2010

Floral fragment

Seated Scribe (Miniature Portrait of a Turkish Youth) 1479-80
Gentile Bellini, Venice 1429-1507
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

This is possibly a portrait of Sultan Djem who was a great poet and man of letters from an early age. At odds with his richly patterned and colourful clothing is the floral fragment partly erased from the wall, seen to the left of his turban.

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