art-asia

Frederic Leighton (1830-1896)
“Light of the Harem” (1880)
Oil on canvas
Academicism
Currently in a private collection

In Islamic culture, a harem is a secluded living area for women that is forbidden to men. Also called zenana in South Asia, this private space has been traditionally understood as serving the purposes of maintaining the modesty, privilege, and protection of women.