Nicolò Barabino "The Last Moments of Carlo Emanuele I of Savoy"

Nicolò Barabino "The last moments of Carlo Emanuele I of Savoy"

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Author/ School/ Dating:

Nicolò Barabino (Genova, 1832 - Firenze, 1891)

Technique and Dimensions:

Oil on canvas, 254 x 372 cm

Location:

First floor (inv. no. GAM 22)

Provenance:

Donation of Umberto I

Object Type:

Painting

 

Nicolò Barabino depicts the death of Carlo Emanuele I of Savoy, an ambitious duke who snatched possessions from France in the seventeenth century, and was considered as an example to follow in the fight against “the foreigner”. This imposing canvas was commissioned by Umberto I and subsequently donated to city of Genoa in 1891, to honour the memory of the artist who unexpectedly passed away that year. Sadly unfinished, the signs of the underlying drawing are still evident and it clearly documents the artist's progressive approach to symbolism.