HAYEZ, Francesco
(b. 1791, Venezia, d. 1882, Milano)

The Kiss

Oil on canvas, 112 x 88 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

This canvas has quite rightly become one of the symbols of Italian Romanticism. It sprang from the sentimental and melodramatic strand of medieval costume drama that Verdi so beautifully captured in his operas.