The enduring excitement and anticipation of the annual hajj – the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca which every able-bodied Muslim must undertake once in their lifetime – is masterfully explored in two monumental paintings, completed roughly a hundred years apart from one another, in this year’s Orientalist Sale. One is historical and detailed, the other bold and impressionistic, but both celebrate the unity and purpose that underlies this holy event in the Muslim calendar.
Georg Emanuel Opiz' large and lavish rendition of the annual Hajj (pilgrimage) en route to Mecca is resplendent with closely observed details. In the same collection since 1978, the work is a highlight of our Orientalist Sale on 25 April, and carries an estimate of £800,000-1,200,000. Click ahead to explore the work in detail. The Orientalist Sale 25 April 2017 | London