COECKE VAN AELST, Pieter
(b. 1502, Aelst, d. 1556, Bruxelles)
Turkish Sultan before the Hippodrome (detail)1553
Woodcut, 295 x 831 mm (entire woodcut)
Coecke van Aelst had made drawings in Constantinople that were intended for tapestry projects made for the Ottoman Sultan, Suleyman the Magnificent. These are preserved in a series of woodcuts "Ces moeurs et fachons de faire de Turcz," published posthumously by his wife in 1553. The woodcuts are interesting mostly for their historical and topographical features.