Wordless Wednesday: An Oriental Beauty by Jean-François Portaels


  1. How lovely! She looks like she might be just a little bit bored though --or maybe ticked off at the painter for taking so long. haha

    Also, I have an award for you on my blog if you would like it. :D

  2. Haha, she does, doesn't she? You know, I wonder if she's even "an Oriental beauty" at all. Middle Eastern men would often keep their wives closely guarded (and many still do). Postcard photographs of veiled harem ladies of the time may in fact be young men posing as women for the sake of propriety. Some orientalist paintings I've seen depict supposed Middle Eastern women whose coloring and features are distinctly European. On the other hand, if they were Turkish, they may actually have been European.

    Thanks for the blog award! I'll post about it here soon.