The Kiss (Hayez)
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|Medium||oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||110 cm × 88 cm (43 in × 35 in)|
Il bacio (Italian pronunciation:
After the defeat of Napoleonic France in the 19th century, the
The first war of Italian independence (1848) was a failure, but by 1859 the secret agreement between
It was during this period that Francesco Hayez painted his Kiss. Mindful of the bloody repression of the nationalist movement, the artist decided to disguise the ideals of conspiracy and the struggle against the invaders under a representation of past events. Through the adoption of ambiguous, opaque communication schemes, the artist succeeded in effectively escaping the censorship measures implemented by the authorities.