Description Mariano Fortuny accompanied General Prim's military expedition to Morocco in 1860. Following the defeat of the Moroccan army at the battle of Tétouan, Spain controlled a portion of the western Sahara until 1976. On a number of occasions, Fortuny returned to North Africa, where the clarity of the atmosphere and the intensity of the sunlight profoundly influenced him. In this scene, set outdoors at twilight, a turbaned Indian mesmerizes a cobra with a reed. The artist, a collector of Islamic decorative arts, includes such accessories as a copper bowl, luster plate, and saddle.
|6/12/1951||Treatment||varnish removed; coated|
|8/19/1980||Examination||examined for condition|
|4/08/1988||Loan Consideration||examined for loan|
|9/11/1989||Technical Report||examined for technical study|
|12/30/2009||Loan Consideration||examined for loan|
- Fortuny and His Circle. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1970.
- L'Orientalisme, de Delacroix a Kandinsky. Musees royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels; Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Marseille, Marseille. 2010-2011.
- Public Property. 2012.
- From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance D. H. Foll, Geneva [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A. T. Stewart [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A. T. Stewart Sale, New York, March 23-30, 1887, no. 128; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1887, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower left: Fortuny; [Date] Lower left: R 1869
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1887
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