13 x 18 x 0.5 cm unframed; 18 x 23 x 3.5 cm framed
Part of a serie of three little portraits inspired by some protagonists of the so called "brigantaggio", one of the most dramatic phenomenon of Italian history enhanced after the union (1861). The "briganti" (bandits) fought the Sabaudian state after the annexation of the Regno delle due Sicilie (in southern Italy) to the Regno di Sardegna in 1861. The annexation was not an easy process and was reached after a war which left behind a long list of violences made from the Sabaudian state to the Regno delle Due Sicilie citizens, especially, as usual, to peasants and poors. Another reason that led to "brigantaggio" guerrilla was that all the former Italian states were subjected to the rules and the taxes of the Regno di Sardegna, leader of the Unity of Italy process, which were particularly unfavourable for southern Italy peasants. All these reasons led groups of peasants, soldiers of the ex-Borbonic state and also criminals to a rebellion after the Sabaudian invasion. These rebels were called "briganti" (bandits), using a negative term; anyway, even if many criminals were among them, some of them could be considered nothing less than patriots who fought a violent invasion of a stranger enemy.
"Marianna". Marianna Petrulli seemed to be one of the fiancées of the brigante Paolo Serravalle, which was one of the lieutenants of Carmine Crocco, one of the most important brigante ever. We have very few documents about Marianna's life.
The artwork has been made on paper applied on an MDF boards, using watercolours, acrylics, and pencil. It comes framed with wooden ornate golden frame without glass. The frame is a vintage items, but it's in excellent vintage conditions. I needed a vintage frame to enhance the idea of an ancient portrait. The painting has been protected with several layers of acrylic matt varnish, so that you can even dust it and no damages will occur.
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300 gsm Fabriano paper applied on MDF board, watercolours, acrylics, pencil, acrylic matt varnish, vintage ornate golden frames