Artist: Sir Frank Dicksee
Title: Leila, 1892
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 40 x 50 in. / 101.5 x 127 cm
"Heavy-lidded, bare-footed, she reclines on a gorgeous sofa in a brocade robe, her lazy gaze fully exuding the heavy sensuality that drove her poet-lover, Quais Ibn al-Mulawwah, known as Majnun, mad. With one hand she strokes a leopard skin; the air is thick with the scent of lilies. Is Leila cruel - or is she merely bored? A woman who knows and exercises her power, or just an idle odalisque?"
Source: Quote by Sir Frank Dicksee's 1892 vision of the classical Arab temptress