Portraying an African King

In this six-minute video, hear from Antien Knaap, assistant curator of Paintings, Art of Europe; and Nasser Rabbat, professor and director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, as they discuss Peter Paul Rubens’s Mulay Ahmad (about 1609). Based on a print made a century earlier, the figure in Mulay Ahmad appeared again in a later Rubens painting as the artist attempted to create an authentic portrayal of an African king.