On the Way between Old and New Cairo, Citadel Mosque of Mohammed Ali, and Tombs of the Mamelukes
Louis Comfort Tiffany
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930
Late nineteenth-century European and American landscape painters often painted distant places in order to offer audiences something intriguingly unfamiliar. Louis Comfort Tiffany here recorded a view of relatively “modern” Egyptian monuments: the mosque of Muhammad ‘Ali Pasha, often called the Alabaster Mosque (built 1824–57); and the nearby tombs of the sultans of Egypt’s Baharide Mamluk dynasty (1250–1376). Tiffany based this work on photographs he made in 1871, just two years after the completion of the Suez Canal had stimulated new interest in Egypt and the Middle East.
Oil on canvas
41 3/8 x 68 1/16 in. (105.1 x 172.9 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "Louis C. Tiffany"
Gift of George Foster Peabody
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Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848-1933). On the Way between Old and New Cairo, Citadel Mosque of Mohammed Ali, and Tombs of the Mamelukes, 1872. Oil on canvas, 41 3/8 x 68 1/16 in. (105.1 x 172.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of George Foster Peabody, 06.329 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 06.329_SL1.jpg)
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