22 Works, July 20th. is Narcisse Virgilio Díaz’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #197

Narcissus Virgile Diaz de la Peña
Men in Oriental Costumes, circa 1845

Oil on panel
18 3/4 x 11 in. (47.63 x 27.94 cm)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Narcisse Virgilio Díaz de la Peña (20 August 1807–18 November 1876) was a French painter of the Barbizon school.

Diaz was born in Bordeaux to Spanish parents. At the age of ten, Diaz became an orphan, and misfortune dogged his early years. His foot was bitten by a reptile in Meudon wood, near Sèvres, where he had been taken to live with some friends of his mother. The bite was poorly dressed, and ultimately he lost his leg. However, as it turned out, the wooden stump that replaced his leg became famous.

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Author: Zaidan Art Blog

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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