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François-Antoine Bossuet
(Belgian, 1798–1889)
The Crossing, Córdova, Spain, c. 1840
Oil on canvas, 23 × 32 inches
Signed at lower center: “F. Bossuet”
RS 5908


Born in Ypres, Belgium, François-Antoine Bossuet studied art at the Brussels Academy. He specialized in painting picturesque urban views of major European cities that are characterized by accurate perspective renderings of landmark buildings. Bossuet traveled throughout Holland, Germany, France, Spain, and North Africa. He died in Brussels.

This romantic view represents the famous Moorish city Córdova in Andalusia, southern Spain. The monuments reflect the city’s long history and diverse cultural influences: the bridge visible in the distance at the right was originally built by the ancient Romans to span the Rio Guadalquivir; the large structure in the left background is the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos built by Alfonso XI in the thirteenth century; and the bell tower at the left, rising from the center of the Moorish Great Mosque or Mezquinta, was erected in the early sixteenth century.


  


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