A Roman Slave Market  1884

by Jean-Léon Gérôme

Acquired by Henry Walters, 1917 [br] Gérôme painted six slave-market scenes set in either ancient Rome or 19th-century Istanbul. The subject provided him with an opportunity to depict facial expressions and to undertake figurative studies of sensual beauty. He painted another view of the same event--"Slave Market in Rome" (St. Petersburg, Hermitage Museum)--in which the v...
25 1/4 x 22 3/8 in. (64.1 x 56.9 cm)
Oil on canvas
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