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

Bacanal, Gabriel Morcillo Raya

Raya (1887-1973) was a Spanish painter. He began his apprenticeship with his Aunt Paquita Raya and School of Industrial Arts in his hometown. In 1907 he traveled back and forth to to Madrid to study with Cecilio Pla, as his finances allowed. until 1914. During those years he was presented to the National Exhibition of Fine Arts, where he earned an honorable mention in 1912. From 1922 she howed a preference for the Orientalist themes. That same year he was appointed director of the Residence of Painters of the Alhambra. In 1925, he was named an academic of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Granada, Madrid, and Malaga. Dedicated to teaching, he taught at the School of Arts and Crafts in Granada. From 1955 to 1960 he traveled to Madrid to paint portraits of Francisco Franco and his wife, and Adm. Carrero Blanco and other members of Madrid's high bourgeoisie.

Gabriel Morcillo Raya

Gabriel Morcillo Raya

Gabriel Morcillo Raya

Gabriel Morcillo Raya

Gabriel Morcillo Raya

Gabriel Morcillo Raya

 

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