Hayez at Gallerie d'Italia - Piazza Scala
Milan, Gallerie d'Italia - Piazza Scala
from 7 novembre 2015 to 21 febbraio 2016
This exhibition is the most complete and updated monographic exposition on Francesco Hayez (Venice 1791 – Milan 1882), held thirty years after the important Milanese exhibition in 1983. In one location, over 100 paintings and frescoes by the artist, including three works from the Fondazione Cariplo Collection on display in the permanent exposition dedicated to 19th century paintings in the Gallerie d'Italia - Piazza Scala, La morte di Abradate, finished in 1813, Papa Urbano II sulla piazza di Clermont predica la prima crociata in 1835 and L’ultimo abboccamento di Jacopo Foscari con la propria famiglia, known as the two Foscari, painted between 1838 and 1840.
Paintings in the exposition explore different themes – Malinconia (melancholy), Meditazione (meditation) and the famous Bacio (kiss), the iconic painting that is one of the most reproduced in the entire history of art – in a modern allegory to express the expectations and uncertainties of the Risorgimento, an era that saw Hayez, Giuseppe Verdi and Alessandro Manzoni as important exponents. They all contributed to build the cultural identity of our country, even before this became a political reality. Different versions of these masterpieces are placed side by side in comparison: two of the Malinconia and in particular – for the first time – the three versions of the Bacio, one of which was presented at the Universal Exposition of Paris in 1867.