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Attributed to Gentile Bellini: 'The Sultan Mehmet II'

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The painting is very extensively repainted, especially in the figure. An old inscription, lower right, gives the date 25 November 1480. The lower left inscription is a more recent reconstruction; it includes the names Mehmet and Gentile Bellini.

The sitter is reasonably identified as Mehmet II (1432 - 1481). Gentile Bellini visited his court in Constantinople.

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