Orientalism refers to the imitation or depiction of aspects of Eastern cultures in the West by writers, designers and artists. An "Orientalist" may be a person engaged in these activities, but it is also the traditional term for any scholar of Oriental studies. Orientalism was more widely used in art history referring mostly to the works of French artists in the 19th century, whose subject matter, color and style used elements from their travel to the Mediterranean countries of North Africa and the Near East (or western Asia).

These meanings were given a new twist by 20th century scholar Edward Said in his controversial book Orientalism, in which he uses the term to describe a Western tradition, both academic and artistic, of hostile and deprecatory views of the East, shaped by the attitudes of European imperialism in the 18th and 19th centuries. When used in this sense, Orientalism implies essentializing and prejudiced outsider interpretations of Eastern cultures and peoples. Said was critical of this scholarly tradition and also of certain modern scholars, particularly Bernard Lewis.

In contrast, some modern scholars have used the term to refer to writers of the Imperialist era who had pro-Eastern attitudes, as opposed to those who saw nothing of value in non-Western cultures.

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The Hookah Pipe - Tomas Moragas y Torras - www.orientalism-in-art.org
The Hookah Pipe
Tomas Moragas y Torras
Jesus mocked by Roman soldiers - William Brassey Hole - www.orientalism-in-art.org
Jesus mocked by Roman soldiers
William Brassey Hole
Moses and the burning bush - William Brassey Hole - www.orientalism-in-art.org
Moses and the burning bush
William Brassey Hole
David playing on the harp before Saul - William Brassey Hole - www.orientalism-in-art.org
David playing on the harp before Saul
William Brassey Hole
Jesus brought before Caiaphas and the Council - William Brassey Hole - www.orientalism-in-art.org
Jesus brought before Caiaphas and the Council
William Brassey Hole
The fall of Samaria - William Brassey Hole - www.orientalism-in-art.org
The fall of Samaria
William Brassey Hole
Jesus ascending into heaven - William Brassey Hole - www.orientalism-in-art.org
Jesus ascending into heaven
William Brassey Hole
A Persian Cafe - Edwin Lord Weeks - www.orientalism-in-art.org
A Persian Cafe
Edwin Lord Weeks
The Pashas Favourite Tiger - Rudolph Ernst - www.orientalism-in-art.org
The Pashas Favourite Tiger
Rudolph Ernst
The Oriental Woman - Leon Francois Comerre - www.orientalism-in-art.org
The Oriental Woman
Leon Francois Comerre
Jesus preaching in the Temple - William Brassey Hole - www.orientalism-in-art.org
Jesus preaching in the Temple
William Brassey Hole
The Prayer of the Faithful shall cure the sick - John Frederick Lewis - www.orientalism-in-art.org
The Prayer of the Faithful shall cure the sick
John Frederick Lewis

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