Behind the veil: Ayoucha assise


Ayoucha assise | Joseph Philibert Girault de Prangey: Biblioteque Nationale, Paris
Ayoucha assise | Joseph Philibert Girault de Prangey: Biblioteque Nationale, Paris

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.

Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (1804–1892) Ayoucha Whole Fig[ure] Cairo, Egypt, 1843, Daguerreotype (quarter plate) © Louvre Abu Dhabi, Agence photo F
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (1804–1892) Ayoucha Whole Fig[ure] Cairo, Egypt, 1843, Daguerreotype (quarter plate) © Louvre Abu Dhabi, Agence photo F

For more on Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey and Louvre Abu Dhabi, see this story in The National

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