The images in this presentation were created in a time in
which the world was very different, during the early to mid 19th century. They depict a style of life in which women were
often kept as chattel. Many artists from Western Europe lived
in Muslim North Africa and drew from their experiences. The
art that resulted in many cases is not necessarily an accurate
historical record of Muslim society, but greatly influenced
the European perception of that culture.
From a historical perspective, this genre of art
of the earliest opportunities for artists to use new freedom
of choice in subjects. Classical and
religious themes or portraits of nobles were the predominate
subjects prior to this time.