Golden Children

16th – 19th Century European Portraits

October 13, 2012 - January 6, 2013

Pera Museum presented a selection of works from the Yannick and Ben Jakober Foundation’s Children Portraits Collection in the unique and inspiring collection: Golden Children 16th -19th Century European Portraits.

Fifty-seven selected portraits of children explored 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, were 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 gave 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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Golden Children

Golden Children

Pera Museum presented a selection of works from the Yannick and Ben Jakober Foundation’s Children Portraits Collection in the unique and inspiring collection: Golden Children: 16th...

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Baby King

Baby King

1638, the year Louis XIV was born –his second name, Dieudonné, alluding to his God-given status– saw the diffusion of a cult of maternity encouraged by the very devout Anne of Austria, in thanks for the miracle by which she had given birth to an heir to the French throne. Simon François de Tours (1606-1671) painted the Queen in the guise of the Virgin Mary, and the young Louis XIV as the infant Jesus, in the allegorical portrait now in the Bishop’s Palace at Sens.

Girl in a Blue Dress

Girl in a Blue Dress

This life-size portrait of a girl is a fine example of the British art of portrait painting in the early 18th century. The child is shown posing on a terrace, which is enclosed at the right foreground by the plinth of a pillar; the background is mainly filled with trees and shrubs. 

From two portraits of children…

From two portraits of children…

The Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation’s Orientalist Painting Collection includes two children’s portraits that are often featured in exhibitions on the second floor of the Pera Museum. These portraits both date back to the early 20th century, and were made four years apart. One depicts Prince Abdürrahim Efendi, son of Sultan Abdulhamid II, while the figure portrayed on the other is Nazlı, the daughter of Osman Hamdi Bey.