- Museum number
A Turkish Janissary; seated on the ground almost in profile to right, wearing a tall conical hat, the top of which is folded over. 1479-81
Pen and black ink
- Production date
- 1480 (circa)
Height: 215 millimetres
Width: 175 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See companion drawing, Pp. 1-20, for commentary.
Lit.: M. Bénard, 'Cabinet de M. Paignon Dijonval', Paris, 1810, no. 946, p. 49 (as Anonymous); J.D. Passavant, 'Tour of a German Artist in England', London, 1836, (translation from the original German ed. published in Frankfurt, 1833), II, pp. 104-5; G. Waagen, 'Treasures of Art in Great Britain', London, 1854, I, p. 227; A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries', London, 1950, no. 7, pl. VI (with previous literature), pl. VI; J. Meyer zur Capellen, 'Gentile Bellini', Stuttgart, 1985, no. E 7, p. 168, pl. 117 (with further literature); C. Campbell and A. Chong, in exhib. cat., Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and London, National Gallery, 'Bellini and the East', 2005, no. 25, pp. 99-101; C. Van Cleave, 'Master Drawings of the Italian Renaissance', London, 2007, p. 50, illustrated p. 52; H. Chapman and M. Faietti, exhib. cat., BM, London, `Fra Angelico to Leonardo: Italian Renaissance Drawings`, 2010, no. 17, pp. 130-1 (cat. entry by H. Chapman).
Popham & Pouncey 1950
Literature: B.M. Guide, 1858, no. 33; H. Lavoix, Gazette, xvi (1877), pp. 21 ff. (repr. both); L. Thuasne, Gentile Bellini et Sultan Mohammed II, Paris, 1888, p. 76 (repr. both); B.M. Reproductions, ii (1891), x (repr. both); Morelli, Die Galerie zu Berlin, Leipzig, 1893, p. 76 (repr. woman); B.M. Guide, 1895, nos. 44, 45; A. Venturi, L'Arte, i (1898), pp. 32 ff. (repr. both); G. Frizzoni Repertorium, xxi (1898), pp. 284 ff.; Corrado Ricci, Pintoricchio, London, 1902, p. 113 (repr. man); Revue de l'art, xix (1906), p. 8 (repr. both); F. Sarre, Prussian Jahrbuch, xxvii (1906), p. 305; J. R. Martin, Burlington, ix (1906), p. 149; L. Venturi, Le origini della pittura veneziana, Venice, 1907, pp. 343 ff.; Crowe and Cavalcaselle, North Italy, i, p. 126, note 3 ; Hadeln, Quattrocento, pl. 4, 5 ; K. T. Parker, North Italian Drawings of the Quattrocento, London, 1927, pl. 36 (woman) ; Van Marle, xvii, p. 158, fig. 100 (woman); H. Goetz, Burlington, lxxiii (1938), p. 62 (repr. man); Tietzes, nos. A271, A272.
Please see Pp,1.20 for curatorial comment
This drawing was issued as a coloured facsimile by the British Museum in 'Reproductions of Drawings by Old Masters in the British Museum', Part II, Published by the Trustees, in 1891 where it was number X(b) and described there as 'Gentile Bellini, Portrait of a Turkish Guard, Seated.'
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1971, BM, 'Dürer', no. 330
1982 Jan-Apr, Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery, 'Payne Knight', no. 162
2005/6 Dec-Mar, Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 'Bellini and the East'
2006 Apr-Jun, London, National Gallery, 'Bellini and the East'
2010 April-July, BM, 'Fra Angelico to Leonardo', no. 17
2011, March-June, Uffizi, Florence, 'Figure, Memorie, Spazio: Disegni da Fra'Angelico a Leonardo', no.17
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