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Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: APF

Count Corfiz Anton Ulfeldt in an Ottoman Interior

ca. 1740-1741

Jean-Etienne Liotard

Setting off in 1738, Jean-Étienne Liotard sailed across the Mediterranean to Constantinople where he stayed for the next five years. This portrait is characteristic of his fine and elegant art evoking aspects of oriental miniatures. The artist takes particular care to bring out the quality of the various materials making up the outfit of this ambassador of the Habsburg Empire, who also saw himself as a representative of European refinement. Count Ulfeldt is depicted in a Turkish setting, holding in his hand his letter of accreditation
signed by Sultan Mahmut I.

Artwork Details

Artist: Jean-Etienne Liotard
Title: Count Corfiz Anton Ulfeldt in an Ottoman Interior
Geography: Istanbul, Turkey
Date: 1740-1741

Medium: gouache and watercolour over a pencil drawing on parchment

Classification: graphic arts (drawing, painting, engraving, calligraphy)
Dimensions: 31.3 x 22.7 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2011.015
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