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Old 06-05-2014, 05:45 AM   #213
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Glancing at the viewer,‭ ‬a woman shields her face from the sun.‭ ‬She stands in a garden resplendent with colour.‭. ‬Red geraniums dance at her feet alongside the stone pathway where she stands.‭ ‬Alongside her,‭ ‬a woman kneels and tends to the garden..Throughout the painting,‭ ‬titled‭ ‬Red and Green, by Joseph‭ ‬Kleitsch,‭ ‬patches of shade and bright sunlight compete for dominance.‭. ‬A moment in time is captured,‭ ‬resulting in questions:‭ ‬Who is this woman‭ + ‬Who is she looking at‭ ...

Frederic Leighton known as Sir Frederic Leighton was an English painter and sculptor. He depicts in his works biblical, historical and classical subjects. He was born in Scarborough and was educated at University College of London. At the age of 24 he stayed in Florence where he received his artistic aducation at the Accademia di Belle Arti. Then he lived in Paris from 1855 to 1859 where he met Ingres, Delacroix, Corot and Millet..In 1860 he moved to London where he associated with the The Pre-Raphaelites...Leighton was an enthusiastic volunteer soldier, enrolling with the first group to join the 38th Middlesex (Artists) Rifle Volunteers (later to be known as The Artists Rifles) on 5 October 1860. His qualities of leadership were immediately identified and he was promoted to command A Company within a few months. On 6 January 1869 Captain Leighton was elected to command The Artists Rifles by a general meeting of the Corps. In the same year he was promoted to Major and in 1875 to Lieutenant Colonel. Leighton resigned as Commanding Officer in 1883. .The painter James Whistler famously described the then, Sir Frederic Leighton, the Commanding Officer of The Artists Rifles, as the: “Colonel of the Royal Academy and the President of the Artists Rifles – aye, and he paints a little!" At his funeral, on 3 February 1896, his coffin was carried into St Paul's Cathedral, past a guard of honour formed by The Artists Rifles..A blue plaque commemorates Leighton at Leighton House Museum..Light of the Harem, c. 1880 Wedded, (c. 1881–1882) Captive Andromache, c. 1888 The Bath of Psyche, (c. 1889–90)...

Harem, Turkish, from Arabic: حرم‎ ḥaram "forbidden place; sacrosanct, sanctum", related to حريم ḥarīm, "a sacred inviolable place; female members of the family" and حرام ḥarām, "forbidden; sacred") refers to the sphere of women in what is usually a polygynous household and their enclosed quarters which are forbidden to men. The term originated with the Near East. Harems are composed of wives and often sex slaves known as concubines..The word is a cognate of Hebrew ḥerem, rendered in Greek as haremi (ha-re-mi) when it applies to excommunication pronounced by the Jewish Sanhedrin court; all these words mean that an object is "sacred" or "accursed"..Sultan Ibrahim the Mad, Ottoman ruler from 1640 to 1648, is said to have drowned 280 concubines of his harem in the Bosphorus.. At least one of his concubines, Turhan Hatice, a Ukrainian girl who Was captured during one of the raids by Tatars and sold into slavery...
Ancient Egyptian pharaohs are said to have made a "constant demand" of provincial governors for more beautiful servant girls..In Mexico, Aztec ruler Montezuma II, who met Cortes, kept 4,000 concubines; every member of the Aztec nobility was supposed to have had as many consorts as he could afford..Various African royal and noble lineages also have long traditions of polygyny, and during the period of the colonization of Africa, the junior wives and concubines of the native chieftains were often collectively referred to as their harems by colonial officials..The same theme was and still is repeated in numerous historical novels and thrillers. For example, Angélique and the Sultan, part of the bestselling French Angélique series by Sergeanne Golon, in which a 17th-century French noblewoman is captured by pirates, sold into the harem of the King of Morocco, stabs the King when he tries to have sex with her and stages a daring escape..In Greek mythology, Andromache ( Ancient Greek: Ἀνδρομάχη) was the wife of Hector and daughter of Eetion, and sister to Podes.. She was born and raised in the city of Cilician Thebe, over which her father ruled..The name means "battle of a man", from ἀνδρός (andros) "of a man" and μάχη (machē) "battle"..Andromache was born in Thebes, a city that Achilles later sacked, killing her father and 7 brothers..Without her familial structure, Andromache is a displaced woman who must live outside of familiar and even safe societal boundaries..In the Soviet movie White Sun of the Desert the main character is a Red Army soldier protecting women from an abandoned harem, while also inciting them to live a Soviet lifestyle..H. Beam Piper used the theme in a science fiction context, portraying a gang which kidnaps girls from a Western-dominated, technologically advanced timeline and sells them to a sultan's harem in an Asian-dominated timeline..... and storms shook the Earth - and in the skies, a star fell... and 2 Eagles perched upon the roof of the Queen's chamber. And in far-off Asia... the Temple of Ephesus was struck by lightning and a torch was kindled that day that would one day consume all the world..From the Nile, to the Indus... from Samarkand, to Babylon...

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