Greek Woman from Istanbul

Vanmour School1700/1800

Pera Museum

Pera Museum
Istanbul, Turkey

The woman, depicted full-length in an Ottoman interior, with a floral carpet and a divan, is in a pose resembling those seen in Vanmour’s paintings of single figures.

On the bottom left corner of the painting there is the inscription “Dame greque de Constantinople” [sic]. She is wearing a red robe and a cream coloured dress over her raw silk crepe undershirt. She wears a necklace and bracelets, while her head is covered with a 'yemeni' (cotton kerchief) with floral embroidery, into which she has placed flowers. She is holding a bouquet, and the large bejewelled clasps on her belt are also noteworthy.


  • Title: Greek Woman from Istanbul
  • Creator: Vanmour School
  • Date: 1700/1800
  • Physical Location: Pera Museum
  • Physical Dimensions: 35 x 27 cm
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Pera Museum: Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Orientalist Painting Collection

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