Wednesday, February 11, 2009

King Abdulaziz and His Companions

This painting refers to a series of famous photographs taken in 1911, of King Abdulaziz, his sons, and his companions. Those photographs have become an element of Saudi culture, and they are often referred to in other works of art. The photograph on which this painting is based provides the inspiration, I am sure, for an enormous tapestry that hangs in the central hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The tapestry is so beautifully done that, even though I'd been staring at it for 15 minutes, I believed it was a painting.

1 comment:

Keith Miller said...

I thought this was a photo at first too! Fantastic job.