Portrait of a Young Woman

Unknown painter (French School)1700/1750

Pera Museum

Pera Museum
Istanbul, Turkey

The attire of the young woman in front of a dark background reflects the female fashion of the reign of Ahmet III. The wine coloured 'hotoz' cap curling down over her shoulders has been wrapped with an embroidered scarf and decorated with two strands of pearls attached to bejewelled brooches at the height of her temples.

The woman has a single strand of pearls around her neck and bejewelled golden earrings. She is wearing a dress with a pattern of scattered flowers and a sleeveless kaftan with ermine fur over her diaphanous undershirt. The large bejewelled buckles on her belt are noteworthy. The attire and hotoz are very similar to those seen in Levnî’s paintings.


  • Title: Portrait of a Young Woman
  • Creator: Unknown painter (French School)
  • Date: 1700/1750
  • Physical Location: Pera Museum
  • Physical Dimensions: 88 x 73.5 cm
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Pera Museum: Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Orientalist Painting Collection

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