Gérôme painted this stunning picture on his return to Paris, after a twelve-week expedition to the Middle East, at the beginning of 1868. He was then at the peak of his career. He dressed a model of textiles he had acquired in the Levant in his studio. Gerome gave a Turkish title to the canvas, which can be translated as "bad head," which evokes the ferocious mercenaries without faith or law whose only pay was the spoils of their looting.
Original artwork details
Current location: The Met
Original size: 28.9 x 24.4 in (73.5 x 62 cm)
Date created: 1869
Art movement: Academic Art
Painting and Framing
Our Painting Process
All our art reproductions are hand-painted by our master copyists. As part of their academic background, they have studied the techniques of old masters and will faithfully reproduce each artwork.
We use the best oil paints (Winsor & Newton or Grumbacher). All our canvases are made of 100% cotton, and have been double-coated with acid-free sizing and gesso primer.
Stretching & Framing
Ready to hang
Our stretcher frames are built using premium-quality kiln-dried wood to ensure a solid & sturdy foundation. Our canvas stretchings are done by hand, utilizing the same traditional method employed by artists for hundreds of years. We're committed to providing gallery wraps fastened without tapes, glues, or any other chemicals, thus helping to preserve your artwork well into the future.
Unframed rolled canvas orders will arrive rolled inside a protective tube with an extra 1.5" white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it locally.
We will share photographs of the complete work and request your feedback. Any requested revisions can be added.
Once the painting has met your satisfaction, we will ask you to do a final approval.
We will stretch (if you opt for stretching), pack, and deliver the art to you in 3 to 10 days.
Shipping and Returns
Each artwork is painted to order just for you in the size of your choice. That means we are unable to accept returns or exchanges. We can also not make any changes or cancellations to orders after 48 hours.
If your new artwork arrives in anything other than perfect condition for any reason, please let us know, and we will repair or replace the piece!
Due to extremely high demand each piece can take between 2 to 6 weeks to paint, frame and ship. You'll receive a FedEx tracking number from us as soon as it's in the mail so you can keep an eye on things.