Degas followed a long line of European artists who were enamored with pastels.
Leonardo da Vinci used black and red chalk with yellow pastel highlights to complete a portrait drawing of "Isabelle d'Este, Duchess of Mantua" in 1499.
Hours and Days of Operation: Open am - 5pm Wednesday through Sunday. Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. A combination ticket, good for admission to both Jémez and Coronado Historic Sites is available for .Buttery soft, velvety smooth and brilliantly hued pastels bring true pleasure to many artists and art lovers.Florals, figures and fauna manifest themselves in bursts of light captivating radiant color upon toothy surfaces as if through sheer magic.In the 17th century, the Spanish established a Catholic mission at the village.The mission was short-lived, and, in time, the people abandoned the site and moved to the current location of Jemez Pueblo.