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Saudi Embassy’s exhibit of 19th century Orientalist art closes

The special art exhibition of 19th century Orientalist paintings at the Saudi Embassy in Washington closed today.

The exhibition, titled “19th Century Orientalist Paintings from the Collection of Terence Garnett,” has been open to the public since November 9.

The exhibition featured 12 works by Jean-Léon Gérôme, Ludwig Deutsch and Gustav Bauernfeind from the private collection of Garnett, a noted technology investor and art collector. It was organized in collaboration with Garnett and Sotheby’s, which produced a catalog of the paintings.

On November 26, Arab foreign ministers held a meeting in the exhibition hall. Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa all attended. Arab foreign ministers included: Mourad Medelci, Algeria; Sheikh Khalid Al Khalifa, Bahrain; Ahmed Abul Gheit, Egypt; Salah Eddin Bashir, Jordan; Tarek Mitri, Lebanon; Taieb Fihri, Morocco; Yusuf bin Abdulla, Oman; Abdelwahab Abdallah, Tunisia; Abdullah Al Nahyan, the UAE; and Abubakr al-Qirbi, Yemen.