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Gerolamo Induno, A great sacrifice (1860)

Brera Picture-Gallery, Milan

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Author: Gerolamo Induno
Title: A great sacrifice
Date: 1860
Technique: oil on canvas, signed and dated on the bottom right"G. Induno 1860"
Dimension: 60,5 x 45 cm
Location: Brera Picture-Gallery, Milan

The painting was bought by the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in 1860 using the funds for exhibitions. In a poor room, there is a close image of an old lady (grandmother?, mum?) saying goodbye to an almost beardless boy, with the typical clumsiness of youngsters, who is wearing his red shirt and is ready to join Garibaldi. 
It is characterised by refined low tones, highlighting the red colour of the shirt and the green of the leaves behind the window. This image increases the home intimacy through minute details: the small work chair and the abandoned wool-winder, scissors, Mazzini’s portrait, worn-out tiles… The painter, with his great directing ability, enhances the sentimental core of the scene: the woman’s burst, the chocked emotion of the boy, the obscure uncertainty dominating the future. No doubt many Italians, combatants or combatants' relatives who lived the separation moment, recognised themselves in this personal family episode.

Photo Shoot

Image Size: 522.709.482 pixel (27.498 x 19.009)
Colour Depht: 16 bit for channel
Shooting: April 2011

Camera Body: Nikon D3
Pictures Acquisition Software: Nikon Camera Control Pro 2
Quality Control and Postprocessing Software: Nikon Capture NX 2

Courtesy by Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Soprintendenza BSAE di Milano

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Gerolamo Induno (Milan 1825-1890)

Domenico's brother, painter as well, grew in Milan. Like many intellectuals and artists he was personally committed to the battles of the Risorgimento: in fact he joined up with the Garibaldians and, later on, he became one of the official painters of the Unite Italy, portraying the most important battles and executing Garibaldi and Mazzini's portraits.
However these two small paintings are previous to the big celebrative works, and narrate the most private aspects of the epic deeds of the Risorgimento. Through quick brush-strokes, with a strong emotional impact, the artist catches - with rich details and love for the tiny facets moments with strong feelings in the life of the patriots and their families.