1848 – 1907
Industrial Revolution II

Degas' The Bellelli Family


Edgar Degas, The Bellelli Family, 1858-67, oil on canvas, 78-3/4 x 98-1/2 inches,
200 x 250 cm (Musée d'Orsay, Paris)

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker


Degas was in his mid-twenties when he painted this canvas. It depicts from left to right,
the ten-year-old Giovanna, her mother, the artist's paternal aunt Laura, her younger
daughter, Giula age 7, and the Baron Gennaro Bellelli. Preperatory sketches for the
painting may have been made in Florence where the family was living—the Baron had
been exiled from Naples. The picture may have been completed in Paris.

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The Bellelli Family
Location unknown, possibly Florence and Paris
1858-67
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