| 17th century Italian School|
Janissaries of the Ottoman Empire
Oil on copper
5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches
English, early 19th century, gilded frame.
The Janissaries, meaning "new soldier", were elite infantry units attached to the household of the Ottoman Sultan. They were selected at about the age of six from among the Christian boys, mostly Greeks, living in Anatolia and the Balkan Peninsular. Their colours were blue, red and green as seen in this painting.
17th century Italian School: