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Iconography of Fanatics of Tangier


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Delacroix is known as a Romantic artist and colorist. His painting Fanatics of Tangier from 1837-38 displays his interest in Orientalism popular in the first part of the 19th century and his use of color to highlight areas of canvas. "Orientalism" is a term used to describe the depiction of Near Eastern subjects by Western artists, particularly in the nineteenth century.

The painting portrays a gathering of a Muslim sect known as the Aissaouas, founded in the seventeenth century by Sidi-Mohammed-ben-Aissa. These devotees participated in rituals that emphasized prayer, physical exertion and contortion to reach a frenzied state.

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Type: Commentary, Iconography
Source: Iconography for Eug'e8ne Delacroix, Fanatics of Tangier, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis (1998).
Rights: ©MIA
Added to Site: March 10, 2009