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Degas, Edgar, 1834-1917.
e Artist : painter
Portrait of the Duchess Montejasi-Cicerale.
Stefanina Primicile Carafa, Marchioness of Cicerale and Duchess of Montejasi.
c C. 1875.
b 49 x 39.4 cm.
Oil on fabric.
Although best remembered for his depictions of ballet dancers and race horses, Degas painted many likenesses of his family members. He probably painted this portrait of his aunt, Stefania Carafa (1819-1901), during an extended visit to Naples, where many of his relatives lived. Described in family papers as a highly indulged, fun-loving child, the dutchess grew into the stoic, world-weary woman depicted here. No expensive finery reveals her high social rank; indeed she wears a mourning dress, possibly to observe the recent death of her brother Achille.
Cleveland, Ohio, United States.
Style: French Impressionist.
Cleveland Museum of Art. ID=UOC
t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)