Middlebury College Museum of Art

Whirling Dervish Pinned Down

Jean-Leon Gerome, sketch for Le Derviche Tourneur, the Whirling Dervish, detail

The French academic painter Jean-Léon Gérôme is best known for subjects derived from his travels in the Near East. With his meticulous, loving attention to detail, he created images of Turkey, Egypt, and Syria with a level of objectivity and precision unusual for his time. This work, a preparatory oil sketch for a larger painting completed in 1899, is a recent acquisition on view now in the Cerf Gallery. Read the feature.

Upcoming Events

Illustrated Lecture:  Monday, October 12

Materiality and Subjectivity in the Woodblock Prints of Die Brücke

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125, 4:30pm

Daniel Hackbarth, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, Colgate University

Illustrated Lecture:  Thursday, October 15

Building and Recycling Altarpieces in Early Renaissance Florence

Axinn Center at Starr Library, Room 229, 4:30pm

Laurence Kanter, Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of European Art and Chief Curator, Yale University Art Gallery

Art & Lunch Discussion:  Friday, October 30

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions About Art—Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125 and Museum, 12:15pm

Janis Staggs, Associate Director, Curatorial and Publications, Neue Galerie, New York