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Degas, Edgar, 1834-1917.
e Artist : painter
Semiramis Building Babylon (detail).
b 151 x 258 cm.
c Oil on canvas.
Beginning Date: 1860
Completion Date: 1861
Inventory: RF 2207
This picture, which includes a horse, is based on Semiramide, a popular 18th- and 19th-century opera. Charles Gounod, a favorite of Degas, and Gioachino Rossini are just two composers among half a dozen who were attracted to this story. Degas was familiar with at least one of them.
Style: French Realist/Impressionist.
Musee d'Orsay. ID=FPO
t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)
Closeup; Semiramis and companions.