Study of Two Draped Women, and Mysteries of the Rosary, detail During trips to North Africa and the Middle East between 1890 and 1907, Sargent made numerous studies of the berobed people of these areas. He shared the widespread belief of his contemporaries that such people dressed and looked like those who had lived in biblical times. Almost all of the female figures in the vault compositions of the south wall derive from women whom Sargent sketched on his travels, undoubtedly seeing them as “exotic.”
1. Study of Two Draped Women, 1891–95 Charcoal on paper, 25.4 x 34.4 cm
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums*
2. Mysteries of the Rosary, detail of Annunciation (1999 photo)
The Triumph of Religion