Public prayer in the mosque of Cairo
In the 1850's Gerome made a number of trips to the middle east touring Turkey and later Egypt.
He was one of the French painters who enamored with those ancient and picturesque lands made trips there to draw and make sketches, and then returned home to make paintings for the salon. This group of painters were called Orientalists, although Gerome handled many other subjects as well.
Le Eminence Grise depicts Cardinal Richelieu descending a staircase, with courtiers bowing to him. This wonderful painting is in the Boston Museum and they have always shown it, despite Gerome's unfashionable status through the 20th century. People love this painting perhaps it is too popular to store. I know this painting very well and it is one of my favorite things in the Boston Museum.It is a startlingly well painted work, a technical tour-de-force.
Selling Slaves in Rome. This painting obviously has a broad based appeal. The gesture of the auctioneer is priceless.