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Exhibition June 20 − December 31, 2019

Oriental motifs in European art

The State Museum of the History of Religion in St. Petersburg invites you to visit a large-scale exhibition "Oriental motifs in European art".

The exhibits were paintings and graphics, as well as interior items made in the Moorish style, details of the national costume (skullcaps, slippers, etc.), chased utensils from the museum’s collection.

The exposition is dedicated to the "oriental", i.e. Oriental, motives in the work of European artists. Orientalism (from lat. Orientalis - eastern) is a trend in European art of the era of romanticism. It was during this period that the use by European masters of plots and motifs, stylistic techniques and decor elements borrowed from the art of the countries of the East became widespread. Artists created a conditional, idealized image of a fabulous East covered with antiquity. In addition to everyday and genre scenes, literary plots, the oriental artists' favorite motive was the special “Eastern way of life” inherent in the peoples of the Near and Middle East, with harem characteristic of it, oriental bazaars, endless deserts, minarets aimed at the bottomless blue of the sky.

Based on the official website State Museum of the History of Religion.