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Kneller & Wyck - Mohammed Ohadu, Moroccan Ambassador J970154

Kneller & Wyck - Mohammed Ohadu, Moroccan Ambassador J970154



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Kneller & Wyck - Mohammed Ohadu, Moroccan Ambassador J970154

CHISWICK HOUSE, London. " Mohammed Ohadu, the Moroccan Ambassador" 1684 by Sir Godfrey KNELLER (1646-1723) and Jan WYCK (c.1640-1702). Equestrian portrait. British School. Post Conservation. 88003007

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This stunning equestrian portrait, titled "Mohammed Ohadu, the Moroccan Ambassador," dates back to 1684 and was painted by the renowned British artists Sir Godfrey Kneller and Jan Wyck. Kneller, born in 1646, was a leading portrait painter of the English Baroque period, while Wyck, born around 1640, was a Flemish painter known for his equestrian portraits. The portrait depicts Mohammed Ohadu, the Moroccan Ambassador, dressed in rich, ornate clothing, proudly seated atop a noble stallion. The ambassador's regal attire and the intricate detailing of the horse's tack and trappings reflect the grandeur and opulence of the Moroccan court during this period. The painting was recently conserved by Historic England, bringing out the vibrant colors and intricate details that have been preserved for over three centuries. The conservation process involved careful cleaning, stabilization, and repair of any damage to the canvas and paint layers. This portrait is a testament to the cultural exchange and diplomatic relations between Europe and North Africa during the late 17th century. It provides a unique insight into the fashion, art, and diplomacy of the time and is a valuable addition to the historical record of international relations. The equestrian pose, a popular choice for portraits of the nobility during this period, emphasizes the power and status of the subject. The horse, a symbol of strength and mobility, further enhances the ambassador's image as a powerful and influential figure. This beautiful painting is a must-see for anyone interested in art history, diplomatic history, or the cultural exchange between Europe and North Africa during the late 17th century. Its preservation by Historic England ensures that future generations can continue to appreciate the artistic and historical significance of this remarkable work.

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