William Etty Il Duetto (‘The Duet’) exhibited 1838

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Artist
William Etty 1787–1849
Title
Il Duetto (‘The Duet’)
Date Exhibited 1838
Medium Oil paint on mahogany
Dimensions Support: 381 x 492 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
Reference
N00363
Not on display

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During 1822-23 Etty spent seven months in Venice: a visit to Italy, where the masterpieces of the Renaissance were to be seen, had always been considered essential to the education of any artist. It was here that Etty learned to imitate the colouring of the great Venetian painters Giorgione and Titian; in technique and subject this work is clearly inspired by their example, while looking forward to the Aestheticism of Leighton and Whistler. Etty was regarded by his contemporaries as one of the best British colourists. The widely held belief in this country that British artists were superior to French and German painters in their handling of colour was a matter for some pride during the nineteenth century.

August 2004

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