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Friday, December 01, 2006

Procession of Süleyman the Magnificent through the Hippodrome, 1533

Procession of Süleyman the Magnificent through the Hippodrome, 1533
Pieter Coecke van Aelst (Netherlandish, 1502–1550)
Published in Moeurs et fachons des Turks (Customs and Fashions of the Turks), 1553
Woodcut, single sheet from a frieze printed on ten sheets; 13 7/8 x 34 3/8 in. (35.1 x 87.2 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1928 (28.85.7a)


Before the panorama of the city of Constantinople, a lengthy procession is depicted winding its way toward the minareted Fatih ("Conqueror") Mosque on the left horizon. It houses the tomb of Sultan Mehmed II, the Ottoman conqueror of Constantinople. Most significant among the riders who file past the Hippodrome is Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent (ca. 1494–1566), shown in strict profile on the right.
"Pieter Coecke van Aelst: Procession of Suleyman the Magnificent through the Hippodrome (28.85.7a)". In Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–.

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/cnst/hod_28.85.7a.htm (October 2006)