Loss, Recuperation, and Identity

Whittlesey/Hasan Mosque and minaret, Rabat, Morocco
Decaying monuments were often depicted as sites of contemplation and reverie. Begun in the twelfth century, the Hasan Mosque and minaret were intended to be the largest in the Western Islamic world, but were never completed. The pensive figure portrayed by the architect Austin Whittlesey is seated among the remains of an earlier Roman temple near the Islamic mosque that succeeded it, silent witnesseses to the transformation of cultural traditions over time.