Bartolemeo von Pezzen, ambassador to Constantinople from 1586 to 1591, wanted to describe Turkish habits and customs to his lord, Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II. He employed an unknown painter to record the scenes and characters that once animated the streets of Istanbul. The result was a volume of images that belonged for many years to the Emperors of Austria and was then conserved in the National Library of Vienna.
Gefangene Chiffen Wienen Fie Kleidt und an die ar beiff phrinott
Straff das Enbnuch Under Allem uokk Eintt
Straff der Wajber von genicht
Straft der falch gwicht und maf gbtt
Dam Weib die dern Wimb den koptt gebunden