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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...