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Unformatted text preview: Femme Fatale ,” it was easy to look at the painting and see the woman’s seductive characteristics, especially the passion in her eyes and her facial expression. Later in the lecture, I learned that these features were a common indication that the woman was Jewish and that the painting was made to counteract her seduction. The painting was used as a form of anti-Semitism in the 19 th Century. The French artist gives a notion that the French and other European races are far superior to the Semites, and the painting could have been used as a form of propaganda directing Europeans, specifically the French, against the Semites in North Africa. The painting in full of triggers that would have evoked negative emotions, such as the reference to John the Baptist’s death and the terror in the woman’s facial expressions, jewelry, wands, and voodoo doll....
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- Spring '10