Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904) was a French painter, sculptor, and teacher who is best known for his detailed and realistic depictions of historical and mythological scenes. He studied under several notable French artists, including Paul Delaroche and Charles Gleyre, and gained a reputation for his exceptional technical skill and academic approach to art.Gérôme's paintings often featured richly detailed settings and carefully rendered figures, and he was known for his ability to capture the textures and details of fabrics and surfaces. Some of his most famous works include "The Snake Charmer," "The Duel After the Masquerade," and "Pollice Verso."Gérôme was a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts and served as a professor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he taught many notable artists of the next generation. Despite his success, Gérôme fell out of favor with the rise of Impressionism, and his work was criticized for its academic rigidity. However, he remains an important figure in the history of 19th-century French art.