Chamber of Hayez

The medieval setting of The Last Kiss by Hayez, the rich pictorial range and strongly emotional accents are receptive to the new Romantic sensibility.

Another evocation of tragic love is Atala’s Last Communion painted by Pierre-Jérôme Lordon in Paris in 1808.

The subject comes from the novella Atala (1801) by the French writer François-René de Chateaubriand.

Sommariva also owned the large canvas of The Spicery in a Cloister by Giovanni Migliara in 1823. It is inspired by 17th-century Dutch painting, from which it derives the optical precision by which the painter depicts the work of the apothecary-friars, dwelling on each detail of the scene.


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