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A Bacchanalian orgy



Girolamo Nerli

Italy, Australia, New Zealand

21 Feb 1860 - 24 Jun 1926


Other Title

A Bacchanalian orgie



Media category


Materials used

oil on paperboard


20.3 x 43.2 cm board; 37.6 x 60.6 x 2.4 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, blue oil "GP [monogram]. Nerli". Not dated.


Purchased 1969

Accession number


Artist information

Girolamo Nerli

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 6 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 78 (colour illus.).

Betty Currie, Girolamo Pieri Nerli (1863-1926), Melbourne, 1976, 9, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 34.

Michael Dunn, Nerli: an Italian painter in the South Pacific, 'Nerli's paintings', pg. 18-54, Auckland, 2005, 19-20. A related work in the collection of the NGA is reproduced in colour on page 61, plate no. 3.

Michael Dunn, Nerli - An exhibition of paintings & drawings, 'The art of Girolamo Nerli 1860-1926', pg. 11-24, Dunedin, 1988, 14, 32, 104, (illus.), 105, 106. 21

Deborah Edwards, Stampede of the Lower Gods: Classical Mythology in Australian Art, 'The Expatriates', pg. 3-8, Sydney, Sep 1989, 5, 63.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Acquisitions for 1969', pg. 538, Sydney, Jul 1970, 538, 539 (illus.).