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Portrait of Massimo d’Azeglio

Francesco Hayez

Based on a photograph taken by celebrated photographer Charles Disderi in 1859, this painting is considered one of the portraits of the Manzoni family and friends because D’Azeglio was Manzoni’s son-in-law, having wed his daughter Giulia. D’Azeglio invented a genre known as “historiated landscape” painting with landscapes studied from life used as settings for episodes from history. He was a novelist but also a politician of standing in the crucial years of the Kingdom of Sardinia and the embryonic Italian state.

Download hi-res image TITLE Portrait of Massimo d’Azeglio
AUTHOR Francesco Hayez
DATE 1864
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Oil on canvas
DIMENSIONS cm 119x93
INVENTORY 6337
ROOM XXXVIII
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