Imagining the Orient

A National Gallery of Victoria Touring Exhibition

This exhibition is touring regional galleries in Victoria and features around 50 works representing the European fascination with the 'Orient'. The Orient was a collective name for today’s Near and Middle East, including Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria, as well as parts of North Africa such as Egypt, Algiers and Morocco.

Art Exhibition previously on at Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum in Castlemaine precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 15 January 2011 to Sunday 27 February 2011

In Morocco c.1913 image

Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Monday 18 October 2010.
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In the first half of the nineteenth century, French and British travellers began to explore these unfamiliar regions. The desert landscape, ancient ruins, exotic art and architecture, and Islamic customs and dress were a great source of fascination. Knowledge of the Orient was communicated through travel literature and images of exotic places and people. This exhibition includes paintings, prints, drawings and photographs that show how the Orient was experienced and imagined in Europe in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It also includes Oriental artefacts which inspired European design and decorative motifs in all kinds of objects including ceramics and glassware.