Little Dancer Aged Fourteen
This video presents footage of Degas’s masterpiece Little Dancer Aged Fourteen in situ at the National Gallery of Art. This wax statuette is the original version of Degas’s ballerina, the only one he produced himself; the many bronze examples in collections around the world are posthumous casts. Although Degas modeled figures of wax and clay throughout his career, the Little Dancer is the only three-dimensional work that he chose to exhibit during his lifetime. The video provides 360 degrees of footage, as well as close-up shots of the ballerina’s feet, face, and costume.