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Interior of a Mosque at Cordova
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Interior of a Mosque at Cordova

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Description After studying in Paris with Jean-Léon Gérôme and Léon Bonnat, Weeks emerged as one of America's major painters of orientalist subjects. He was an inveterate traveler and journeyed to South America (1869), Egypt and Persia (1870), Morocco (frequently between 1872 and 1878), and India (1882-83). This work, set in the 8th-century great mosque of Cordova in Spain, may have been begun in 1880 while Weeks was staying in that city. In Weeks' estate sale catalogue, the scene was described as follows: Preaching the holy war against the Christians, the old Moor holds aloft the green flag of Mohammed while he curses the "dogs of Christians" with true religious fervor, and calls upon Mohammed to drive them out of Spain. Despite the painting's illusion of reality, such a jihad, or holy war, would never have been called for in a mosque.
Date Description Narrative
10/15/1980Treatmentlined; inpainted; coated
10/15/1980Examinationexamined for condition
6/04/1990Technical Reportexamined for technical study
2/01/1993Treatmentinpainted; other
4/03/1993Examinationexamined for condition
11/11/1998Loan Considerationexamined for loan
  • Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: Orientalism in America, 1870-1930. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2000-2001.
  • 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.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance Edwin Lord Weeks Collection Sale, American Art Galleries, New York, March 15-17, 1905, no. 269; puchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1905; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1905

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ca. 1880
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 56 1/8 × W: 72 5/8 in. (142.56 × 184.47 cm); Framed H: 72 ×W: 88 × D: 3 3/4 in. (182.88 × 223.52 × 9.53 cm)
  • Spain, Cordova (Place Depicted)
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Out On Exhibition Loan

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