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The Shooting Stars

Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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Early in his career Millet painted a remarkable series of female nudes. This cabinet painting of 1847–1849 depicts the lovers Paolo and Francesca, whose doomed souls are described in Dante's Inferno as 'across the sky in long procession trailing'. Millet may have been influenced by Ary Scheffer's academic painting of this subject which was well received at the 1835 Salon. Formerly in the distinguished collection of Henri Rouart, this work was purchased by Gwendoline Davies in 1912.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff




oil on board


H 18.7 x W 34.5 cm

Accession number

NMW A 2476

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Gwendoline Davies, 1951

Work type


Inscription description

Label in file: WILDENSTEIN & CO., LTD 147 NEW BOND STREET LONDON W1 Exhibition J.F. Millet (1814-1875) Date 5 Nov - 5 Dec CAT No. 14 Artist J.F. Millet Title Les Etoiles Filantes Name & Address of The National Museum of Wales, Cardiff Owner Frame label: JAMES BOURLET & SONS 52.139 NMW 792 Verso: Label - J.F. MILLET, Les Etoiles Filantes Verso: Label - LOAN EXHIBITION of PICTURES FROM THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF (in aid o


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National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff (Caerdydd) CF10 3NP Wales

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