About this object

In the late 19th century the Aesthetic Movement celebrated the beauty of art. Painters began to focus on the visual qualities of their work rather than moral or narrative subjects. They no longer needed to specify an historical period in their artwork, which was regarded as being more interesting if it was ambiguous.

The title 'Dolce far Niente' translates as ‘the sweetness of doing nothing’. Perugini has not indicated where this scene is set. There is no suggestion hinting at the lives or circumstances of the two girls depicted. Their dresses are also loosely classical. This deliberately avoids any attempt to assign an historical period.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Charles Edward Perugini (British: English, born:1839, died:1918)
  • Date
    1882 first exhibited
  • Materials
    Canvas; Oil paint
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 119.4 cm x 138.5 cm; frame: 182.3 cm x 123.7 cm
  • Physical description
    Two young ladies lean on a balcony over-looking the sea. The lady on the right plays with a snail while the lady of the left wearing a long red dress watches over her left shoulder.
  • Related people
    Charles Edward Perugini (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 2982
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by Mrs Allan in 1928
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


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