From photos to paintings: official portraits of Menilek, Taytu, Zäwditu & Täfäri

While exploring a stock of photographies by Josef Steinlehner, I found the pictures of four painted portraits of the sovereigns: Menilek, Taytu, Zäwditu and Täfäri, which might undoubtedly dated from the 1920s. I had in mind the pictures used as models for the paintings and, of course, tried to know more about those paintings. Let …

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Armenian photographer from Alexandria (1904) as knowledge transfers between the ottoman world and Ethiopia

(French text following) The military conquest of the Red Sea shores brought together Ethiopia and the Ottoman Empire since the 16th century. Furthermore, the ottoman control over Jerusalem and Egypt led the two countries to diplomatic relation. One reason was the Ethiopian monastery held at the Saint-Sepulchre (Jerusalem); another was that the Ethiopian Church depended …

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