Paintings of Ottoman Chefs (Jean Baptiste Vanmour)

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AŞÇI (COOK) – An engraving by the Flemish-French artist Jean Baptiste Vanmour

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Jean Baptiste Van Mour or Jean Baptiste Vanmour, moved to Istanbul, when his patron, Marquis de Ferriol was appointed there as the french Ambassador in 1699.  De Ferriol commissioned van Mour to do 100 portraits of the local people in their traditional clothes.

Vanmour created many other artworks besides the commissioned 100, portraying Ottoman Palace, ceremonies and lives of local people. The chef costumes you see here are from the artist’s collection, “Illustrations of Ottomans by Jean-Baptiste Vanmour, 1707”

In this book, 102 of his work were printed as engravings and his fame was spread across Europe.