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Oil Painting - A Roman Beggar Woman

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1960P44
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1857 - 1857

Maker Information

Artist:Degas - View biography for Degas


This austere image of an old beggar woman was painted by Degas when he was only twenty-three years old. In 1856, he visited Rome and studied at the school based in the Villa Medici. This is one of two studies of an old woman and this sitter was probably glad to earn money as an artist's model.The detached observation of the woman's wrinkled skin and veined, arthritic hand, together with the dirt-ingrained clothing, make it a timeless image of old age and poverty.

Purchased, 1960.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Oil on canvas.
Material(s):Oil paint


Height:1003 mm
Width:752 mm