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Portrait of Mulay Ahmad

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In 1535 Charles V captured Tunis from the Turks. The artist Jan Vermeyen travelled with the troops to report on the expedition. He also made a portrait of the future King of Tunis, Mulay Ahmad. Signs of the war can be seen in the background. Vermeyen portrayed the prince himself with a noble air, holding a sword in his right hand. In the upper right corner he added the royal coat of arms with an Arabic inscription: 'There is one God, Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet'.

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Title Portrait of Mulay Ahmad
Material and technique Etching
Object type
Print > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 464 mm
Width 377 mm
Artists Graphic artist: Jan Cornelisz. Vermeyen
Accession number L 1959/51 (PK)
Credits Purchased with the support of Lucas van Leyden Foundation, 1959
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1959
Creation date in circa 1535 - 1536
Internal exhibitions De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Vergeet me niet (2021)
Etching > Manual > Intaglio printing techniques > Printing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Jan Cornelisz. Vermeyen

Beverwijk circa 1504 - Brussel 1559

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