Historical Oriental Rugs & Carpets
in Medieval European Paintings
Main Page


Back to "Azerbaijan Rugs" Main Page


The Grand Turk Giving a Concert to his Mistress

Oil on canvas, 73 x 91 cm
Wallace Collection, London

by Carle van Loo
(b. 1705, Nice, d. 1765, Paris)

The harpsichordist is identified as the artist's wife, Christina Somnis, a singer of high reputation in her day; the musical score is that of Handel's new oratorio Admeto.