Cesare August Detti Italian 1847 - 1914
A gifted genre painter, Cesare Detti established his reputation as a specialist in "costume pictures." These works were of subjects chosen mainly for their suitability for picturesque treatment; usually of by gone ages when dress played a distinctive part of rank in society.
People held a fascination for earlier time, and artists, catering to that interest, attempted to capture their imagination. As Alfred Stevens, the Belgian painter remarked: "The public are attracted to costume subjects in the same way that they fall in love with the fancy-dress of a masked ball."
The inclusion of dwarfs held a brief fascination for the viewing publi
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