National Gallery at 150

Major William Clunes, died 1829Major William Clunes, died 1829 Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1865 - 1932)Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1865 - 1932) Diana and ActaeonDiana and Actaeon St Peter PenitentSt Peter Penitent An Old Woman Cooking EggsAn Old Woman Cooking Eggs Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778)Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778) The Sacrament of PenanceThe Sacrament of Penance The StormThe Storm Diego Martelli (1839 - 1896)Diego Martelli (1839 - 1896) The Three Graces (Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia)The Three Graces (Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia)

Edgar Degas

Diego Martelli (1839 - 1896)
1879

"It's really impossible to pick a favourite. I always find Van Dyck's oil sketch of Charles I's soon-to-be fatherless daughters moving... and I love Degas. He draws with the skill of a Renaissance master but uses it to fill his pictures with life and vigour. The National Galleries are lucky enough to have a few of his works. All are worth a look, but if I have to pick one, it would be Degas's portrait of Diego Martelli."

Peter Capaldi, actor/director

"What I love about Degas's Martelli portrait is it's "unfinished" state, allowing special insight into the way the painting was made, the seeming spontaneity of the composition only arrived upon after numerous preparatory studies which by good fortune I once stumbled across in Paris. This is a wonderful painting for art students to investigate because it reveals that Degas, the great painter of modern life, set about his task in much the same way as Titian - and that is what the practice of painting is all about."

Sandy Moffat, artist

  • Credits Purchased 1932
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 110.40 x 99.80 cm (framed: 134.60 x 124.50 x 8.60 cm)