Exhibition Tour: Imagine Me and You—Seeing the Sultan

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Harvard Art Museums

An engraved bust portrait of a sultan wearing a large white turban cut off at the top.

Discover how European artists depicted Ottoman sultans and what role these kinds of portraits played in European–Ottoman diplomatic relations.

No application or registration needed.

Cost

This Event is free!

Please check in with museum staff at the Visitor Services desk in the Calderwood Courtyard to request to join the tour. Talks are limited to 18 people and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; no registration is required.

Location

  • In-person only.

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Neighborhood

Neighborhood 9

Dates and Times

.: Saturday, June 29, 12PM – 1PM.

Additional information

Join Talitha Maria G. Schepers, curator of the exhibition Imagine Me and You, for an exploration of how portraits played a role in European–Ottoman diplomatic relations. From the moment Sultan Mehmed II (r. 1451–1481) conquered Constantinople (Istanbul), Europeans had a keen interest in seeing what the sultan looked like. This curiosity continued into the reign of Mehmed’s great-grandson, Sultan Süleyman (r. 1520–1566). This talk will focus on portraits of both rulers made by European artists.

An engraved bust portrait of a sultan wearing a large white turban cut off at the top.

.: Saturday, June 29, 12PM – 1PM.

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Last updated June 24, 2024.