Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Another fifteenth century site

Great Zimbabwe
Watercolour and oil pastel
©2019 Charlene Brown

Following a lecture on African Art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, I've painted another site which will be listed on the History of Design page I will include in my blog post in a couple of weeks - the medieval city of Great Zimbabwe.  It was completed during the late Iron Age in that part of Africa, and according to legend (and Wikipedia) was the capital of the Queen of Sheba. The country of Zimbabwe, which gained independence from Great Britain as Rhodesia in 1980, is named for this important site.

This painting is based on a rearranged version of a Google Streetview photo by David Duplessis taken from the Hill Fort above the ruins of the city.  Here is a link to it.