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New Perspectives Talk: 'Myths of the Orient: Deconstructing the European Vision of the Middle East'

Saturday, December 5, 2020 | 11:00 AM

Virtual Event

Join Eve Rosekind, doctoral student in the Department of Art history & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences, for this New Perspectives Talk about Orientalism, the artistic representation of the Middle East by European artists. The most common subjects of orientalist artwork that emerged in the nineteenth century were the desert landscape, hunters and warriors, market scenes, and odalisques in harems. These orientalist themes continued throughout the twentieth century, demonstrating the longevity of Orientalism within the history of art.

Initially these orientalist artworks appear as beautiful and straightforward representations of their subject matter, but the ideas that underlie these artistic depictions stem from European histories of colonialism and empire. This talk will scrutinize the common artistic themes of Orientalism and how they constructed a specific European vision and fantasy of the Orient. The Museum’s collection of paintings, photographs and works on paper will take participants on a journey through the complex themes of European Orientalism.

This program is free, but registration is required. Register here >>

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts


Arts & Culture



Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Event Contact

Laura Foughty | lfoughty@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Eve Rosekind is a doctoral student in the Department of Art History and Archaeology in Arts & Sciences. She studies late nineteenth-century French art with an interest in Orientalism and Second Empire Paris. She holds a BA in art history from Johns Hopkins University with minors in French culture and Museums & Society, and an MA in art history from Williams College. She has completed internships at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art and the National Portrait Gallery. Eve was previously the curatorial assistant for European decorative arts and sculpture at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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