I have a good friend who paints. He is fantastic with water colors, which I believe this portrait was done with. I may not be a painter, but can enjoy the occasional visit to a museum where I get to see outstanding art like this.
Update: I have it on good authority (thanks, U.T.!!!) the water color rendering I mention above is more than likely acrylic paint. Never let it be said I couldn’t ‘bend it like Beckham’; not a football/soccer ball, but my perceptions to new ways of thinking!
What I’ve also been told is there’s the chance the portrait is representative of the Moors of Spain, descended from the Arab Caliphs, circa early to mid nineteenth century. What I wouldn’t give to build my own time machine and travel back to this young man’s time. I’d find out if he actually posed hour upon hour, or maybe the artist rendered it from visual memory? I’d ask what was on his mind while the portrait took shape too!
I’m told it took two hundred years approximately, from around seven hundred AD to nine hundred AD for the Moors to transform the region of Spain which would become known as Andalusia. As someone who loves to cook and to eat, I can only imagine what it would have been like to witness (and to sample) the introduction of such foods as: lemons, ginger, apricots, figs, and apples- to name a few! Or to watch the creation of the magnificent mosques, libraries, universities and so much more…
well, the time machine is almost done… yeah, right!
K.L. © 2014