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[French, from the Turkish odalik]

A female slave in an oriental harem. The odalisque was adopted as a subject by a number of French artists in the 19th and 20th centuries, most famously by Ingres (whose 1814 Grande Odalisque is in the Louvre, Paris), and was usually shown nude or semi-nude, reclining in a voluptuous manner.

Subjects: Art.


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