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"The Arab Scribe" by J.F. Lewis, 1852
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"The harem dance" by Giulo Rosati

"The harem dance" by Giulo Rosati

Rosati's paintings is one of the few of the Orientalists' works to show dancing in a harem, rather than before a group of men. It was possible for western painters to see paid dancers, who could be hired to dance at weddings or parties, and who often worked in cafes, but harems were necessarily inaccessible. Here a bare-breasted girl dances before the master of the harem, surrounded by his other women who are playing tambourines, watching, or just chatting. This painting is in contrast to Rosati's painting The Dance in which a group of men are entertained by female dancers.

Last modified 8 Jul 13, 10:37 PM by Tanos