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.
Daniel Hackbarth, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, Colgate University
Laurence Kanter, Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of European Art and Chief Curator, Yale University Art Gallery
Janis Staggs, Associate Director, Curatorial and Publications, Neue Galerie, New York