Last night I attended Looking East from West, a lecture held at Saadiyat Island’s Manarat Al Saadiyat as part of the Louvre Talking Art series.
Laurence des Cars, Curatorial Director of Agence France-Museums was joined in discussion by Sylvie Aubenas, Director of Prints and Photography at the Biblioteque National de France, and Dr Ulrike Al Khamis from Sharjah Museums.
The highlight of the evening was Ayoucha assise (Cairo 1843), an unveiled portrait of the same subject of Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey’s Ayoucha. Seeing the subject unveiled now makes it impossible to look at the veiled portrait in the same way.
For more on Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey and Louvre Abu Dhabi, see this story in The National