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Peter Paul Rubens, Mulay Ahmad

Peter Paul Rubens, Mulay Ahmad, c. 1609, oil on panel, 99.7 x 71.5 cm (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

In this six-minute video by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, hear from Antien Knaap, assistant curator of Paintings, Art of Europe; and Nasser Rabbat, professor and director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, as they discuss Peter Paul Rubens’s Mulay Ahmad. Based on a print made a century earlier, the figure in "Mulay Ahmad" appeared again in a later Rubens painting as the artist attempted to create an authentic portrayal of an African king.
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