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Colonialism and Orientalism

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This lesson will examine colonialism and orientalism in the art of the nineteenth century.

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Notes on "Colonialism & Orientalism"

Key Terms

Orientalism

In art, the imitation or depiction of aspects of culture from the Middle East and Asia, usually in a highly inaccurate and biased fashion.

Colonialism

The unequal relationship, acquisition and expansion of colonies in one territory by people from another territory.

Harem

The section of a Muslim household that is reserved for women. Could also refer to wives and concubines.

Odalisque

A woman that lives in a harem.

Stereotype

Widely held, but oversimplified and sometimes inaccurate ideas about people based on their gender, ethnicity, and other qualities.

 

Citations

Death of Sardanapalus; Public Domain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Delacroix_-_La_Mort_de_Sardanapale_%281827%29.jpg; Turkish Bath; Public Domain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Le_Bain_Turc,_by_Jean_Auguste_Dominique_Ingres,_from_C2RMF_retouched.jpg; The Slave Market; Public Domain: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:G%C3%A9r%C3%B4me_Jean-L%C3%A9on_The_Slave_Market.jpg

 

 

TERMS TO KNOW
  • Orientalism

    In art, the imitation or depiction of aspects of culture from the Middle East and Asia, usually in a highly inaccurate and biased fashion.

  • Colonialism

    The unequal relationship, acquisition and expansion of colonies in one territory by people from another.

  • Harem

    The section of a Muslim household that is reserved for women. Could also refer to wives and concubines.

  • Odalisque

    A woman that lives in a harem.

  • Stereotype

    Widely held, but oversimplified and sometimes inaccurate ideas about people based on their gender, ethnicity, and other qualities.