The Order of the Grand Vizier
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
Like other Orientalist painters, Jean-Joseph-Benjamin Constant blended European misconceptions and fantasies of North Africa and the Middle East with intricate renderings of props he gathered on a trip to Spain and Morocco. The dramatic subject, lavish interior, and sparkling colors of this painting were designed to mirror European consumers’ exoticizing fantasies of the region. Several decorative elements may be based on objects in Constant’s studio. The golden curtain, ewer, stool, and architectural backdrop are similar to props photographed there in 1890.
Oil on canvas
21 11/16 x 16 15/16 in. (55.1 x 43.0 cm)
Frame: 34 x 29 x 5 in. (show scale)
Signed bottom left: "Benj. Constant"
Bequest of Henry W. Maxwell
Jean-Joseph-Benjamin Constant (French, 1845-1902). The Order of the Grand Vizier, n.d. Oil on canvas, 21 11/16 x 16 15/16 in. (55.1 x 43.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Henry W. Maxwell, 03.312 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 03.312_PS9.jpg)
overall, 03.312_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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