Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Kiss

Banner outside the Pinacoteca di Brera inspired by “Il bacio” (The Kiss) by Francesco Hayez, Via Brera, Milano
Banner outside the Pinacoteca di Brera inspired by
“Il bacio” (The Kiss) by Francesco Hayez, 1859
Via Brera
Milano, November 2016

Il bacio (The Kiss) is an 1859 painting by the Italian artist Francesco Hayez. It is possibly his best known work. This painting conveys the main features of Italian Romanticism and has come to represent the spirit of the Risorgimento. It was commissioned by Alfonso Maria Visconti di Saliceto, who donated to the Pinacoteca di Brera after his death. The painting represents a couple from the Middle Ages, embracing while they kiss each other. It is among the most passionate and intense representations of a kiss in the history of Western art. The girl leans backwards, while the man bends his left leg so as to support her, simultaneously placing a foot on the step next to him as though poised to go at any moment. The couple, though at the center of the painting, are not recognizable, as Hayez wanted the action of the kissing to be at the center of the composition. In the left part of the canvas shadowy forms lurk in the corner to give an impression of conspiracy and danger.” (The Kiss, Wikipedia)


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