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Dubufe, Lady of the Harem Orientalist painting is categorized as a stereotypical depiction of a Westerner's perception of the Eastern culture. Here we get a view of a young woman lounging in a harem, a room typically found in wealthy Islamic homes. The woman here is lounging in a comfortable position with one of her jeweled slippers falling off of her foot. In her hand she is holding a book that she is seemingly consumed in, ignoring all the luxuries surrounding her. We as an observer of this scene are invited to experience her escape, for the book appears to...
Frederick Arthur Bridgman, Morning on the Bosphorus. Born in Alabama, Frederick Arthur Bridgman (1847-1928) is one of the most prominent and well-respected artists of the American Orientalism school. Orientalism refers to the attempt of nineteenth century artists to realistically document the Near East. This period was the height of European colonialist expansion, hence the perception that these artworks were designed to perpetuate and validate European dominance over the supposedly culturally inferior Islamic Orient. Through the hazy atmospheric perspective within Morning on the Bosphorus, the distinctive shape of Emperor Justinian I's sixth century Hagia Sophia, or Church of Holy...