Sultan Mahmud II

Athanasios Karantz(ou)lasSecond half of the 19th Century

Pera Museum

Pera Museum
Istanbul, Turkey

After his dress reform in 1828, the sultan is depicted in a frock coat, trousers, mantle and fez which is a way of dressing spread throughout the empire. The inscription on the upper right side of the painting, "Cennet-mekan Gazi Sultan Mahmud Han-ı Sani" (The Warrior Sultan Mahmud Khan II, who now rules in Paradise), tells that the portrait was done after his death. Sultan Mahmud II commissioned many portraits of himself, standing, at full-length and half-length, with the aim of having them hung in state offices, and in this new iconography to the portraiture of Ottoman Sultans, which was in the manner of the European ruler portraiture tradition.


  • Title: Sultan Mahmud II
  • Creator: Athanasios Karantz(ou)las
  • Date Created: Second half of the 19th Century
  • Physical Dimensions: w910 x h1890 cm
  • Type: oil on canvas
  • Rights: Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Collection, Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation
  • External Link: Orientalist Paintings Collection
  • Pera Museum: Orientalist Paintings Collection

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