Portrait of Elena Carafa

The sitter in this portrait was Degas's first cousin, who lived with her sister Camilla and their mother Stefanina, Duchess Montejasi-Cicerale, in Naples.

Degas visited Naples in 1875 for the funeral of his uncle, and perhaps painted this portrait at that time, when Elena would have been about eighteen years old.

Key facts

Artist dates
1834 - 1917
Full title
Portrait of Elena Carafa
Date made
about 1875
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
70.1 x 55 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1926
Inventory number
Location in Gallery