The Sultan Mehmet II

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1460; died 1507
Full title
The Sultan Mehmet II
Date made
Medium and support
Oil (19th-century repaint) on canvas, perhaps transferred from wood
69.9 x 52.1 cm
Inscription summary
Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery