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Double Portrait of Giovanna and Giulia Bellelli

Double Portrait of Giovanna and Giulia Bellelli

Edgar Degas (in circa 1865-1866)

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This is one of the preliminary studies for the double portrait that Degas painted of the two Bellelli sisters. They were the daughters of the Italian baron Gennaro Bellelli and Clotilde Laure De Gas, the artist’s aunt. Between 1858 and 1867, after a stay with his family, Degas painted a famous family portrait of his cousins and their parents in an interior. He probably used a daguerreotype - an early type of photograph - for this double portrait drawing.

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Title Double Portrait of Giovanna and Giulia Bellelli
Material and technique Pencil and charcoal
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 294 mm
Width 228 mm
Artists Draughtsman: Edgar Degas
Accession number F II 166 (PK)
Credits Loan Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (former Koenigs collection), 1940
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1940
Creation date in circa 1865-1866
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Internal exhibitions De Collectie Twee - wissel V, Prenten & Tekeningen (2009)
External exhibitions Boijmans bij de Buren - Meesterlijk! (2019)
Geographical origin France > Western Europe > Europe

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Edgar Degas

Parijs 1834 - Parijs 1917

Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas was admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Paris in 1855. He took a number of study trips to Italy and initially painted mainly...

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