Street Musicians

Description
Jean Léon Gérôme (1824–1904) painted this scene of Pifferari or street musicians serenading an unseen image of the Virgin Mary in 1870. Camille Piton etched it for an auction catalog of works from the collection of J. C. Runkle, which were sold on March 8, 1883. The auction was organized by Samuel P. Avery, art dealer and print collector. Pifferari come from the mountains in Calabria, Italy, and from the Abruzzi to play bagpipes and reed instruments like the piffero, a kind of oboe, before images of the Virgin in Rome during the Christmas season. Jean Léon Gérôme was a favorite painter of Stephen Ferris, who named his son after him.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
print
Object Type
Etching
Date made
1879
1883
original artist
Gerôme, Jean-Léon
graphic artist
Piton, Camille
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
image: 14 cm x 11.5 cm; 5 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in
plate: 16 cm x 13.5 cm; 6 5/16 in x 5 5/16 in
sheet: 30 cm x 22.5 cm; 11 13/16 in x 8 7/8 in
ID Number
GA*14886
catalog number
14886
accession number
94830
subject
Music & Musical Instruments
Cultures & Communities
Art
Communications
Musicians
Ferris Collection
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Ferris Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
2004
Wright, David G.. American Reproductive and Replica Etchings

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