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Jean-Léon Gérôme 1824 – 1904, Prayer in Cairo, c.1865

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  • 42cm x 42cm

In this painting, Gérome depicted the evening prayer, or maghrib, on a housetop, in the Egyptian Capital. Jean-Léon Gérôme realised this painting after he visited Egypt several time between 1858 and 1868. This painting is part of a wider series, depicting Arab religious practices, and these are now considered some of his most popular art. The skyline, visible in the back, is very distinctive and helps to identify Cairo. As distinctive as it is though, it’s actually far from true, as some buildings represented are actually miles outside the city.

The direction of the waning light suggests that the men are facing east, towards Mecca. These men are similar to the ones depicted in Prayer in the Mosque, and Gérome may have actually represented the same people, as some could be seen wearing the same clothes in several of his paintings.

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