The history of Italian painting in the 19th century, analyzed with reference to regional schools and major cultural centers, with in-depth examination of different axes of influence, style and patronage, and a fine selection of illustrations.
[The 1800s] This book analyzes Italian painting in the 19th century, a period of disturbing changes due to a loss of prestige on a European level.
The century begins under the aegis of Napoleon, with important commissions, followed by the defeat of the French and the return of the great dynasties. The desire to rediscover religious values and ancient legacies caused a distancing, encouraging the more local aspects of painting. With the unification of Italy the situation was radically altered in many cities of the peninsula, which found themselves no longer with the status of capitals.
The authors pay particular attention to other aspects as well, such as the birth of photography, the rediscovery of mural painting, academic models and references to history. The book includes a fine range of illustrations, with reproductions of famous masterpieces as well as less familiar materials.