Portraits of the Sultans

The crush is likely to be less in the Chamber of the Royal Pages, a lovely dormitory for the young men studying in the palace that had been created by closing in a portico. It’s now used to display portraits of the sultans, although only the later ones were painted during their subject’s lifetime.

Most are copies of copies of Veronese originals made in the late 16″‘century. Others are part of a series of 28 images created by Konstantin Kapidagli in 1789 that also list the sultans’ achievements. The most famous picture is a portrait of a very hooknosed Sultan Mehmed II that was painted by Gentile Bellini but later sold by his pious son Sultan Beyazid II who wanted to uphold the Islamic prohibition on images of living things. The original is on display in the National Gallery in London, UK.

Portrait of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror by Gentile Bellini, 1480 (IMAGE)
The Ottoman family tree painted by Konstantin Kapidagli (IMAGE)
Entrance to the Pavilion of the Holy Mantle (IMAGE)

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