16th-19th Century European Portraits
13 October 2012 - 6 January 2013
Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Pera Museum presents a selection from the Yannick and Ben Jakober Foundation’s Children Portraits Collection, a collection unique in the world: Golden Children 16th–19th Century European Portraits.
Fifty-seven selected portraits of children explore the European political history and its aristocratic traditions, as well as the beliefs and fashions of their era, through the depictions of the noble and royal children from various countries. In addition to this selection, Portrait of Cameria, Daughter of the Emperor Soliman, from the Jakober Foundation’s Collection, and Prince Abdürrahim Efendi, a portrait of an Ottoman prince from the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation’s Orientalist Painting Collection, have been especially added to the exhibition as two important figures of the Ottoman Dynasty.
Along with some provincial and naïve works, all of the exhibited portraits give us an insight into a deeper notion of the past. Whether these children are English or Italian, Danish or Spanish, German or Polish, Flemish, Dutch or French, beneath the sumptuous attire and the trappings of wealth, the fine lace, jewels, and protective amulets, young children are depicted.
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