Wednesday 27 January 2016

The Kiss by Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)

Il bacio or The Kiss is an 1859 oil on canvass painting by Francesco Hayez (1791-1882) - his best known and generally considered to be his finest work. It has even been described as being "among the most passionate and intense representations of a kiss in the history of Western art."

El Beso (Pinacoteca de Brera, Milán, 1859)
Francesco Hayez [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Its popularity is perhaps reflected in the many representations of it in other works of art. In this painting by Gerolamo Induno from 1862, Hayez's earlier painting can be discerned hanging on the wall.
Gerolamo induno triste presentimento 1862
Gerolamo Induno [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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