Softground etching, drypoint, aquatint, and etching
Support: Cream (3) laid paper
Platemark: 26.7 x 23.2 cm (10 1/2 x 9 1/8 in.)
The Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund 1929.877
Catalogue raisonné: Reed & Shapiro 51
State: VI/IX (only known impression of this state)
This print is one of two in which Edgar Degas depicted Mary Cassatt and her sister Lydia at the Musée du Louvre. In this iteration of the subject, Casatt gazes intently at an Etruscan tomb, about 500 BC, excavated at Cerveteri, the largest ancient necropolis in the Mediterranean. Cassatt is viewed from behind while the enigmatically smiling couple, lying on top of a sarcophagus and enclosed in a glass case, face the viewer. Cassatt confronts the sculpture directly while Lydia reads about it in a guidebook.
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