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De Cenzo De Cenzo
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2 Explain some of the different ways in which desire has been imaged.
Topic: Physical and Spiritual Love; Imaging Desire
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Skill Level: Understand the Concepts


31. How is the female figure in Eugène Delacroix’s Odalisque reduced to being an “object of desire” in this representation?
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A World of Art


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The ideal answer should include:
1.   She is perceived as a nude rather than naked and therefore not seen as an actual person.
2.   Her direct and unemotional gaze toward the viewer sets up the act of viewing as a detached objectified experience.
3.   Her figure extended across red fabric and filling the squared bed frame suggests an object displayed in a velvet-lined box.

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