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An Afternoon (The Pergola)

Silvestro Lega

The canvas was painted by Lega in 1868 at Piagentina, the place in the hills around Florence where he had gone to live in 1861 and where many of the other Macchiaioli painters used to gather, drawn by the landscape and the possibility of painting from life. It is one of the artist’s masterpieces, in which he turns an affectionate gaze on a bourgeois and feminine world, taking it as the cue for a splendid representation of the landscape carried out in accordance with the principles of the new theory of the macchia or “blot,” with results of the highest quality. The painting was donated to the Pinacoteca by the Amici di Brera association in 1931.

Download hi-res image TITLE An Afternoon (The Pergola)
AUTHOR Silvestro Lega
DATE 1868
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Oil on canvas
DIMENSIONS cm 75 × 93,5
INVENTORY 2241
ROOM XXXVII
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