It is an oil painting on canvas by Francesco Hayez, dated 1859 and conserved in Milan in the Brera Pinacoteca. It is certainly the artist's most famous painting. The scene is represented in a medieval context, in the entrance hall of a castle and it represents the sweet and furtive kiss that two young lovers exchange.
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- cm. 60X75
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- Fir wood frame with rounded edges of cm. 3.0 thickness
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- Ready to hang
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- Edges are finished on the sides
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- Water and UV resistant canvas
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It is an oil painting on canvas by Francesco Hayez, dated 1859 and conserved in Milan in the Brera Pinacoteca. It is certainly the artist's most famous painting. The scene is represented in a medieval context, in the entrance hall of a castle and it represents the sweet and furtive kiss that two young lovers exchange. It was immediately interpreted as a farewell to a beloved conspirator. This interpretation is given by the fact that the young man has his face covered and his left foot rests on a step as if he were in a hurry to run away; further in the distance we can see the shadow of a person who seems to be looking in secret. The figures of the two young people stand out clearly against a wall of squared stones. The uniform surface of the background is interrupted by a thin column on the left, with a hint of mullioned window at the right top. The girl abandons herself completely in the embrace, bending the body backwards and the left arm carried upwards to tighten the shoulders of the beloved. Her figure, which is cut from the red of the socks and the brown of the cloak of the young beloved, is embellished by the luminous and shiny reflections of the silk dress adhering to the bust, inflated with folds below the hips, which seems to add light to the scene. The man is dressed in orange socks and a brown cloak; it can be noticed that, resting one foot on the step on the right, he raises his cloak and makes a glimpse of the hilt of a dagger, while wearing a hat with two feathers on his head. He holds the head and the body of the beloved firmly in his hands and his torso supports the body of the woman, who is falling in his arms. The shades used by Hayez for this painting are warm and well laid out throughout the canvas, as to make sure that the two lovers' clothing stands out from the rest of the composition, which is painted in neutral tones and illuminated by a light source from outside the scene. In a survey of 2015, for eight Italians out of ten, among the most famous and popular kisses images, the Kiss of Hayez was the most appreciated.