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The Italian Family
The Italian Family
Artist:
Date:
19th century
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Watercolor
Dimensions:
Sheet: 408 x 529 mm (16 1/16 x 20 13/16 in.)
Department:
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Accession Number:
1967.17.159
Acquisition Date:
1967-01-01
Credit Line:

Museum purchase, Georges de Batz Collection, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund

Dressed in clothing typical of English well-to-do people and with powdered hair, these three men, one woman, a small boy and an infant are all making music or enjoying it in a stereotypical vision of an Italian family. One man plays the piano with fervor, the small boy fiddles next to him, another man plays a cello and the third man sings his heart out, even though he is disheveled and in rags. A young woman sits before the fireplace with the infant on her lap, holding up a cloth (wet diaper?) to the heat; but she has plumes in her hair and obviously enjoys the music. Sheet music is scattered on the floor, as well as a large jug and smaller bottles. The house seems to be simple Mediterranean-style with thick plaster walls. (Virginia K. Anderson 03/13/95)