Artist: Sir Frederick Leighton
Title: Light of the Harem, c 1880
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 152.4 x 83.8cm
Location: Private Collection
Upon his return from Damascus in the autumn of 1873, Lord Leighton painted Dorothy Dene, one of his favorite models as the lady in the harem. It was a common practice to use western models to recreate these fantasy harem settings.
Leighton built his home with materials he brought back from his visits to the East. Visit my World Market Portraits Blog to see photos of his home.