The Golden Age of Denial: Orientalism

Considered by some a patronizing Western reimagining of the Middle East, many of these Orientalist depictions are frankly homoerotic.

BY Christopher Harrity

August 09 2014 4:00 AM ET

Arabic Dancer, a costume design by Leon Bakst

Jean-Léon Gérôme, Pelt Merchant of Cairo

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson, Revolt in Cairo on 21 October 1798 (detail), 1810

 

La Dieu Bleu a Pilgrim, Leon Bakst, 1912

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