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davıd roberts ORIENTALIST ART / egypt & nubıa


Orientalism is a term used by art historians and literary and cultural studies scholars for the imitation or depiction of aspects in the Eastern world. These depictions are usually done by writers, designers, and artists from the West. In particular, Orientalist painting, depicting more specifically "the Middle East", was one of the many specialisms of 19th-century academic art, and the literature of Western countries took a similar interest in Oriental themes.

Since the publication of Edward Said's Orientalism in 1978, much academic discourse has begun to use the term "Orientalism" to refer to a general patronizing Western attitude towards Middle Eastern, Asian, and North African societies. In Said's analysis, the West essentializes these societies as static and undeveloped—thereby fabricating a view of Oriental culture that can be studied, depicted, and reproduced. Implicit in this fabrication, writes Said, is the idea that Western society is developed, rational, flexible, and superior.


David Roberts RA was a Scottish painter. He is especially known for a prolific series of detailed lithograph prints of Egypt and the Near East that he produced from sketches he made during long tours of the region. These and his large oil paintings of similar subjects made him a prominent Orientalist painter.

1848 Egypt and Nubia, Volume III; Alexan
Temple of A'mada at Hassaia, Nubia.jpg
Ruins Of Erment, Ancient Hermontis, Uppe
Mosque of Ayed Bey in the Desert of Suez
Grand Approach to the Temple of Philae,
Group of Nubians at Wady Kardassy.jpg
Egypt and Nubia, Volume II; Dayr-El-Mede
1849 Egypt and Nubia, Volume III; View o
1849 Egypt and Nubia, Volume III; Tombs
1849 Egypt and Nubia,
1849 Egypt and Nubia, Volume III; Cairo
1848 Egypt and Nubia, Volume III; Mosque
1848 Egypt and Nubia, Volume II; Grand E
1848 Egypt and Nubia, The Hypaethral Tem
1848 Egypt and Nubia,Pyramids of Geezeh.
1846 Egypt and Nubia,General View of the
1842-43 Ruins of the Temple, Kom Ombos,
1848 Egypt and Nubia, Volume III; Bazaar
1849 Egypt and Nubia, Grand Entrance to
1849 Egypt and Nubia,  Interior of the M
Portico of the Temple of Edfou.jpg
1847 Egypt and Nubia, Ruins - Temple on
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