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Francesco Hayez

( Venezia 1791 - Milano 1882 )


    Francesco Hayez

    He completed his education at the Academy of Venice with T. Matteini . Won in 1809 the pensioner of Rome, went there with a recommendation from the Cicognara to Canova. After a long residence in that city , where he met , not to mention that the major , The Camuccini , the Minardi , the Ingres, and short stay in Florence and Naples , returned to Venice in 1817 and finally settled in Milan . Here we hummed the struggle between classical and romantic , led the first by Luigi Sabatelli , and Hayez , still under the influence of Canova, at first remained faithful to the forms of classical pompous , as nell’Alcibiade surprised in the harem by Socrates , executed in 1819 for commission of King Murat. But when at the Brera Academy the following year he exhibited his first historical picture , Pietro Rossi prisoner of the Scala in Pontremoli , romantics immediately hailed their movement’s founder.

    All by modern critics pointed out that this was more romance in the themes chosen by Him who in his painting. He then painted : for commission of Count Arese , “The Count of Carmagnola ,” “The Venetian patrician Valencia Gradenago before the Inquisitors of State ,” ordinatagli by the Countess Maffei to adorn his living room in 1823 and “The Last Kiss of Romeo and Romeo ” considered the most significant work of Italian Romanticism .

    The Manzoni, Grossi, the Berchet , Pellico were the friends, and often the suggested themes for paintings cf. : ” The Sicilian Vespers ” , currently in the Gallery of Modern Art in Rome , ” I due Foscari ” in the Gallery ‘ Ancient and Modern Art in Florence; ” refugees of Parga ” property lawyer Carlo Ernesto agree to Milan, ” The thirst of the Crusaders ,” ” Imelda ,” ” Mary Stuart ,” ” Victor Pisani ,” ” Venus leading Elena the bed of Paris “.

    Since 1822 the artist was Sabatelli help of Brera , and in 1850 replaced him as proprietor. Prolific and tireless , he worked until the ripe old age , personified for many years the Academy in Milan for half a century and was the idol of the public , his art is sweet , gentle, serene as the Venice where he was born , by some accused of not be free from certain coldness which taken from the classics , but always exquisite , accurate and harmonious .

    He excelled in portraits , especially those of women , who knew how to give a sensual refinement , which will be long envied . They keep him four of “Self ” , painted respectively in 1822 , 1848, 1862 , 1878, and the portraits of the most famous people of his generation : ” Alessandro Manzoni” ” Teresa Borri Marizoni ” ; ” Antonio Rosmini ,” ” Maximum d ‘ Azeglio ” ; ” Cavour ” , ” Gioacchino Rossini ” , ” Ugo Foscolo , “” Carlo della Bianca “, the ” painter Vitale room ” , all nine in the Pinacoteca di Brera , ” Pompeo Marchesi , “” Matilda Jura Branca ” , and another portrait of ” Alessandro Manzoni ” , in the Gallery of Modern Art in Milan , “The princess of Sant’Antino ,” in the Museum of San Martino in Naples ; ” count Christopher Sola Cabiati “, belonging to count Gian Vico Sola of Milan ; ” Countess Litta Borgia “, belonging to the Marquis of Milan Alessandro Modigliani ; “Don Giovanni Morosini ” , owned by count Alessandro Casati Stampa di Milano , ” Portrait of an unknown ” in the collection of the painter Carozzi of Milan, ” Portrait of Armenian priest .”

    Also remember about him: ” Bathsheba Bathing ,” ” Last moments of the Doge Marin Faliero on the scale that the Lead ” ; ” Odalisque ” , “The Laocoon ” , ” forced the resignation of the French Foscari staved ,” “The wasteland ” and “Flowers” all preserved in the Pinacoteca di Brera , ” The Destruction of Jerusalem ” (sketch in watercolor of sign ) in the Gallery of Modern Art in Milan , ” Bather ” , ” Catherine Cordaro ” and ” Put The Venetian ” property of the Academy Carrara of Bergamo ; ” the Venetian ” and ” Martyrdom of St Bartholomew ” , owned by Count Negroni Lawn Morosini ” Baptism of the early Christians ,” ” Rinaldo and Armida ,” in the Gallery of Venice, “Ulysses at the court of king Alcinous ,” in the palace of Capodimonte ” athlete ” and ” Farewell ” in the Academy of San Luca in Rome , “The battle of Magenta ,” ” The Siege of Patras .” The Hayez also executed frescoes on the ceiling of the dining room of the Palazzo Reale in Milan , depicted on the “Triumph of Igea ” , and two lunettes in the Vatican Museum Chiaramonti .


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