A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
Louvre Islamic art
article inspiration found at http://www.meib.org/articles/0209_med1.htm and http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=14444
PARIS, FRANCE.- Prince Walid bin Talal has donated more than $20.5 million for an Islamic art gallery at the Louvre museum in Paris. The prince stated he hoped the gallery would help people to gain an understanding of Islam as a religion of humanity and tolerance. The Louvre announced this new wing will hold its Islamic art collection. There are, according to the museum, around 10,000 artefacts from Islamic civilization, ranging from Spain to India - most of which is now in storage because of lack of space. According to Forbes magazine, the prince is the fourth richest man in the world.
Al-Walid was born in 1957 to Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz, one of the many sons of the late Saudi King Abdulaziz, and Mona al-Solh, the daughter of Lebanon's first post-independence prime minister, Riad al-Solh.
Unlike most Saudi royals, who were content merely to represent international corporations and skim money off their contracts, Al-Walid began to pursue joint ventures with foreign companies. It has been widely rumored that many of his construction deals were lucrative military contracts. Within a few years, he was earning up to $50 million annually in profits. Most of this he re-invested in real estate in and around Riyadh which rapidly appreciated in subsequent years.
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