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.
Till-Holger Borchert, Director of the Groeningemuseum, Bruges, Belgium
Gennifer Weisenfeld, Professor of Art History and Visual Studies, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University
Jessica Levin Martinez, Director, Division of Academic and Public Programs, Harvard Art Museums