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The Epic and the Exotic
19th-century Academic Realism from
the Dahesh Museum of
In the 19th century, the great academies of Europe represented a
continuation of the grand tradition of European classical art. By
emphasizing idealized forms, perfect detail, and noble subjects inspired by
history, these official art schools stressed rigorous technical training.
Having fully mastered the craft of painting, these artists chose subjects
that were often epic, drawing upon the highest ideals of Western
civilization, and exotic, providing a glimpse of distant lands such as
Africa and the Middle East. This exhibition is drawn from the holdings of
the Dahesh Museum of Art, the only institution in the United States
dedicated exclusively to 19th-century European academic art, and other art
institutions; it includes works by such luminary talents as Jean-Léon
Gérôme, Gustav Bauernfeind, Frederick Arthur Bridgman, William Holman Hunt,
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Lord Frederick Leighton, and Eugene Delacroix,
among other masters.
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