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On the Way between Old and New Cairo, Citadel Mosque of Mohammed Ali, and Tombs of the Mamelukes
Accession # 06.329
Artist Louis Comfort Tiffany
Title On the Way between Old and New Cairo, Citadel Mosque of Mohammed Ali, and Tombs of the Mamelukes
Date 1872
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 41 3/8 x 68 1/16 in. (105.1 x 172.9 cm)
Signed Signed lower left: "Louis C. Tiffany"
Credit Line Gift of George Foster Peabody
Location American Identities: Art Making / Centennial Era

Curatorial Remarks: 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.