Standing man wearing a turban

Object Details

Title:

Standing man wearing a turban

Artist/Maker(s):

Attributed to Giovanni Bellini (Italian, about 1431/1436 - 1516)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1485

Medium:

Pen and brown ink

Dimensions:

11.6 x 5.2 cm (4 9/16 x 2 1/16 in.)

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The artist, probably Giovanni Bellini, relied on line to create gradations of light and shadow on this bearded man wearing a turban and holding a book. He unified the drawing with a wide range of hatching and cross-hatching, creating texture as well as tonal contrasts on his robe.

Representations of Turks became more common in Venetian art of the late 1400s. During this time the Ottoman Empire began to spread westward from its center in ancient Anatolia, now modern Turkey, threatening the independence of Venice. Ottoman armies won important victories in southeastern Europe, and the second Venetian-Ottoman war began in the 1460s, following Venice's refusal to relinquish its forts on the Aegean coast. In 1479 Gentile Bellini traveled to the court of Constantinople as official artist; on his return in 1481, he introduced Venetians to eastern artistic influences.

Provenance

Zaccaria Sagredo, Italian, died 1729

Jean-Jacques de Boissieu, French, 1736 - 1810

Private Collection

Exhibitions
North Italian Drawings of the 15th through the 17th Century (July 27 to October 10, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), July 27 to October 10, 1993
From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice (July 20 to October 10, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 2010
French Travelers to the Eastern Mediterranean in the 17th Century (working title) (April 21, 2012 to July 23, 2012)
  • Huntington Art Collections, (San Marino), April 21 to July 23, 2012