The Orient in Western Art. Gerard-Georges Lemaire.

The Orient in Western Art

Konemann. 10.7 x 12.5", 360 pp., over 200 color illustrations, cloth, d.j., Paris, 2000. Item #26527
ISBN: 3895088927

The Orient is both the West's cultural constant and its longest-existing image of the "Other." The oriental motif is a recurring theme in western painting. From the Renaissance with its awakening interest in ancient cultures and art ot the 18th century with its Grand Tours and "Turkish Fashion," the oriental theme has not only documented artists' travels to the East, but has projected wishes, desires, and imagination of the West. This volume presents the emergence and development of an artistic motif accompanied by explanations of social and cultural history.

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