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The Moorish Garden;
A Dream of Granada

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Image Details

Title: 'The Moorish Garden; A Dream of Granada'
Media: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 101 x 101cm
Location: Private Collection
Picture credit: Christies Images Ltd
Interpretation: This work was inspired by Leighton's travels in southern Spain.  He based the composition on a plein-air (open-air) landscape which he painted at the Alhambra in Granada around 1873.  The view is of the garden of Generalife, looking towards a watercourse bordered by cypresses and leafy arches.  The addition of a female figure in rich Moorish garments and a turban, transformed the scene into a popular 'fancy picture'.
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