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Name of Object:

An Elephant; An indian Ox; An Antelope

Name in original language:

Un elefante; Un bove indiano; Un'antilope


Rome, Italy

Holding Institution:

National Gallery of Modern Art (GNAM)

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Holding Institution (original language):

Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GNAM)

Date of Object:



Filippo Palizzi (1818, Vasto (Chieti)-1899, Naples)

Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Oil on canvas


34.5 x 48.2 cm


In 1891 Filippo Palizzi donated more than 300 paintings to the National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome in order to describe his entire career through his artworks. All of them are cited in the Chronological List of 1853, which includes 12 studies depicting exotic animals done in The Jardin des Plantes in Paris. The series is considered the preparatory base for the amazing painting Dopo il Diluvio. Uscita degli animali dall’Arca (After the Flood. The Animals Exiting the Ark), commissioned by King Vittorio Emanuele II for the Museum of Capodimonte and presented in 1867 at the Universal Exposition in Paris. Other animals, like the Indian ox, the antelope and the dromedary were depicted in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris with the same aim.

Additional Copyright Information:

Copyright image: Soprintendenza alla Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea.

Citation of this web page:

Marina Minozzi "An Elephant; An indian Ox; An Antelope" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;it;160;en

Database entry origination:

Prepared by: Marina Minozzi
Copyedited by: Anne Dowell

MWNF Working Number: IT2 018

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