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Nymphs Listening to the Songs of Orpheus
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Nymphs Listening to the Songs of Orpheus

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Description Jalabert was praised by his contemporaries for his subtle, refined renderings of historical genre scenes. In this painting, which was exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855, he shows Orpheus, the legendary poet of ancient Thrace (Greece), enthralling with his music nymphs reclining on the bank of a stream.
Date Description Narrative
2/17/1938Treatmentcleaned; coated
5/12/1976Treatmentcoated; loss compensation; cleaned
5/12/1976Examinationexamined for condition
7/24/1978Treatmentcoated; loss compensation; repaired; other
11/16/1995Loan Considerationexamined for loan
3/04/1996Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; coated; re-housed
  • The Second Empire 1852-1870: Art in France under Napoleon III. Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. 1978-1979.
  • Dei ed Eroi: Classicità e mito fra '800 e '900 (Gods and Heroes). Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome. 1996.
  • Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
  • A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004.
Provenance Goupil et Cie [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Unknown collector, Liège [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Rothschild [date and mode of acquisition unknown] (?); Alexander White, Chicago [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1878 or earlier, by purchase [Samuel P. Avery, dealer]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower left: ch. Jalabert.; [Date] Lower left: 1853
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1878

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oil on canvas
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H: 44 x W: 36 1/8 in. (111.8 x 91.8 cm) Framed H: 59 1/2 × W: 52 1/4 in. (151.13 × 132.72 cm)
Location Within Museum
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