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Name of Object:

Sultan Süleyman II in profile


Vienna, Austria

Holding Museum:

Kunsthistorisches Museum


After AD 1543

Type of object:


Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Oil on canvas

Period / Dynasty:



Italy, Venice


This portrait of the Ottoman Sultan Süleyman (AH 900–974/ AD 1494/5–1566) is generally attributed to Titian’s circle, mainly because of the inscription on the back of the painting. No original portrait of Süleyman by Titian has survived, but inventories document four portraits by him, among them two tentatively identified as portraits in profile. Comparison with other recorded portrait-types of Süleyman shows that its genesis is connected with a prototype disseminated by Paolo Giovio (AD 1483–1552) after 1543, when he commissioned a number of copies of portraits of sultans for his portrait collection at Como. This year marks the terminus post quem for this painting.

Citation of this web page:

 "Sultan Süleyman II in profile" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;at;Mus22;10;en&id=portraits

MWNF Working Number: AT2 10

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