Slave Auction, Jean-Leon Gerome, 1880s.
Soon, Gerome turned to even more fantastic settings and more erotic portrayals. Here we are in ancient Rome. All the slaves on display are white girls, stripped naked, and they’re obviously much-sought-after and apprehensive about it. The girl crouching on the right looks directly at you, the viewer, as if she hopes you’ll buy her. But still there are elements of historical realism.