During the 17th century cabaret interiors were home to simple and often ordinary pleasures. The kitchen, the living heart of the home, hosted intimate gestures of daily life. Concealed in the shadows of the vaults a church nave sometimes saw strange rituals. The odalisques by Delacroix are melancholically curled up in the comfort of a harem and seem to dream of another life. Private places are as much the reflection of the painter's soul as of the characters who live there.