Palaiologan Portraits

Andronikos II

Manuscript of the Funeral Oration of Manuel II for his brother Theodoros. Constantinople, 1409–11.
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris.
(Supplément grec 309).


Traditionally and erroneously identified as the Despot Demetrios
as Monk, it is actually the portrait of a stratioto of the same name,
from the Morea or Zakythos, and a prominent member of the Greek community of Venice. He wears normal Venetian male dress, not
the garb of a monk. This is one of the two stratioto portraits known,
and so very valuable for that. Petrop. gr. 118, 385v.

Tomb of Theodoros I Palaiologos, Despot of the Morea.
Left, Theodoros as Despot; right, as monk.
Church of the Hodegetriea, Vrontochion Monastery.
This image was erroneously identified by Gabriel Millet as Theodoros II who, in fact, was buried in
the Pantokrator in Constantinople and who never was a monk. The misinformation has been
regularly reprinted in the two main guidebooks sold at Mistra.


Despot Demetrios ?(above)
Patriarch Joseph II &
Theodore of Gaza (below)
arriving at the Council of Florence
Details from The Journey of the Magi.
Benozzo Gozzoli. 1459-1461.
Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence



Patriarch Joseph, detail,
Vivarini, Adoration of the Magi

Fresco portrait of Joseph II
over tomb in Sta. Maria della Fiore, Florence

Patriarch Joseph II with John VIII
Detail from Miracles of S. Bernadino,
1480. Perugia.
attributed to Fiorenzo di Lorenzo.

Right: Patriarch Joseph II
Paris Gr, 1783, f. 98v.

Andronicus IV, Johm VII, Manuel II,
John VIII, Constantine XI, Constantine I.
Mutin. gr. 122, f. 294v.

John V, Manuel II, John VIII
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris.
Cod. gr. 1783, f. 2.



Two tomb frescos from the Kariye Djami, Istanbul.
L: A woman in a gown of Western fabric; the tomb has been suggested as that of Theodora, wife of Constantine Palaiologos.
R: Grand robes. The adult male has the Palaiologan monogram woven into his.


Manuel Laskaris Chatzikes +1445
Pantanassa, Mistra


Mehmed II making Gennadios Scholarios
Patriarch of Constantinople
20th C Mosaic, Ecumenical Patriarchate, Istanbul

Manuel Chrysoloras
Inv. 9849 bix, Département des Dessins
Musée du Louvre