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Artistic Exchange: Europe and the Islamic World

presents 31 paintings, bowls, and other objects that illustrate the Islamic world's influence on European art. Elements of Islamic art are identified in each of the European pieces, which date back to the Middle Ages. (National Gallery of Art)

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Interesting Fact:

Abu'l Abbas was an elephant that was shipped from North Africa to Pisa, crossed the Alps, and arrived at Charlemagne's court in Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle) in about 801. It marvelously survived in western Germany until 810.
'Favorite of the Emir,' by Jean Joseph Benjamin Constant (French, 1845 - 1902), 1879, oil on canvas, 142.24 x 220.98 cm. On loan from U.S. Naval Academy Museum.

Favorite of the Emir

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