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Portrait of Alessandro Manzoni

Francesco Hayez

Like its companion piece, the Portrait of Teresa Manzoni Stampa, the painting was donated to Brera in 1900 by Stefano Stampa, Manzoni’s stepson and a man of many artistic enthusiasms. It was commissioned from the artist by Manzoni’s second wife, Teresa. It is the best-known portrait of the Milanese writer, one of the “icons” of the Romantic culture and the society of that time produced by Hayez.
He dedicated a great deal of time and energy to the picture, painting it in a total of fifteen sittings with the intention of creating a natural and immediate likeness, which would be emblematic of the subject’s personality and of his religious and social ethics.

Download hi-res image TITLE Portrait of Alessandro Manzoni
AUTHOR Francesco Hayez
DATE 1841
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Oil on canvas
DIMENSIONS cm 120 × 92,5
INVENTORY 963
ROOM XXXVII
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