Giovanni Maria Angiolello

Giovanni Maria Angiolello was a Venetian traveller, author of an important historical report on the Aq Qoyunlu and early Safavid Persia.

Giovanni Maria Angiolello
Born1451 or 1452
Vicenza (Italy)
DiedAround 1525
CitizenshipRepublic of Venice
OccupationTraveller, author
Notable work
Turkish History

Born around 1451 or 1452 in Vicenza, under the rule of Venice since 1404, Angiolello left Venice in 1468, took part in the defense of Negroponte, besieged by the Ottoman emperor Mehmed II. Enslaved by the Turks, he was taken to Constantinople where he first served the heir apparent, Prince Mustafa, and then the Grand Seraglio.[1] He was with the Ottoman armies in Persia, in the Balkan Peninsula and Asia (1472-1481).

After about 1483 Angiolello’s career is uncertain. He came back to his home town Vicenza, married and became a functionary.

He possibly had two missions (perhaps for the Venetian Republic) or stayed (as an agent or merchant) in Persia around 1482 (after Sultan Mehmed’s death) and then in between 1499 and 1515.[2] He died around 1525.

In addition to a report on his first trip, it is almost certainly the author[note 1] of a Turkish History (Historia Turchesca), valuable source for the history of the sultanates of Mehmed II and Bayezid II.[3] He left some notices about Gentile Bellini's works in Istanbul.[4]


  1. ^ An attempt to attribute the work to the noble Venetian Donato da Sezze did not find consensus


  1. ^ Miller, Barnette (1931). "Author's Preface". Beyond the Sublime Porte: The Grand Seraglio of Stambul (1970 printing ed.). New York: AMS Press. p. 7.
  2. ^ Encyclopedia Iranica
  3. ^ Treccani Encyclopedia
  4. ^ "Sotheby's".