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Gerolamo Induno, Sad Presentiment (1862)

Brera Picture-Gallery, Milan

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Author: Gerolamo Induno
Title: Sad Presentiment
Date: 1862
Technique: oil on canvas, signed and dated on the bottom right " Induno 1862"
Dimension: 67 x 86 cm
Location: Brera Picture-Gallery, Milan

Presented in 1862 at the annual exhibition of Brera, the painting was bought by the Ministry of Public Education and assigned in 1882 to the Brera Picture-Gallery.
In a very untidy room, a young woman is contemplating with sorrowful concern a portrait of her love, who is likely in the battlefield. Some details of the room tell us the situation: A small bust of Giuseppe Garibaldi in the wall’s alcove, an image of barricades on the window's frame, the copy of The kiss of F. Hayez, the clothes hanging over a chair opposite the fireplace, whose colours recall the Italian flag.
The presence of The kiss proves the extraordinary popularity of this painting -just three years after it had been presented- that in this context represents the motif of love and patriotism.

Photo Shoot

Image Size: 1.324.594.274 pixel (32.293 x 41.018)
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.