Young Women of Sparta (Jeunes filles de Sparte)
Corot devoted a number of works to Emma Dobigny, his favorite model, often dressing the young Frenchwoman in garb that evoked the East—here showing her in the costume of ancient Sparta. Corot’s allusion to a historical past and his inclusion of dancing girls in the background—perhaps a reference to the vigorous physical exercises of the Spartans—provide a veneer of narrative for a work that for the most part exploits Western notions of the East’s seductive allure. Corot poses Dobigny in an iconic posture of eroticized passivity—lying on a leopard pelt with her gaze demurely averted and with her voluptuous curves, bare legs, and open neckline displayed for the viewer.
- Artist: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French, 1796-1875
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Place Made: Europe
- Dates: 1868-1870
- Dimensions: 16 3/4 x 29 7/16 in. (42.5 x 74.8 cm) Frame: 26 x 38 in. (66 x 96.5 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower left: "COROT"
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 42.195
- Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Horace O. Havemeyer
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875). Young Women of Sparta (Jeunes filles de Sparte), 1868-1870. Oil on canvas, 16 3/4 x 29 7/16 in. (42.5 x 74.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Horace O. Havemeyer, 42.195
- Record Completeness: Best (90%)