The New Canaan Historical Society is presenting a unique exhibit on Orientalism curated by Tom Davies (curator of Art in America), Susan Gunn Bromley, Museum and Art Consultant, and Advisory Committee member Edward Vollmer. This exhibition runs through March 31.
The exhibit features American artists who traveled, painted and often lived for extended periods in an area that stretched from Morocco across North Africa, Egypt, The Holy Lands and Persia to India. In the 19th century, this mostly Islamic world became known as the "Orient." The European and
American artists who, beginning in the 1840s, ventured into this forbidden world were called "Orientalists." The show includes more than 30 paintings and etchings plus furniture, rugs, jewelry and decorative objects.