GUARDI, Gianantonio
(b. 1699, Wien, d. 1760, Venezia)

Dergoumidas before the Grand Vizier

Oil on canvas, 46 x 64 cm
Private collection

The painting is part of a set of forty-three representing Turkish subjects painted in 1742-43 for Field Marshal Count Johann Matthias von der Schulenburg. The scene shows the Armenian priest Dergoumidas condemned to death by the Grand Vizier Ali Pascia for having converted to Catholicism; an episode which actually took place on 5 November 1707. It is a symbol of Turkish cruelty.

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