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Francesco Hayez
Autoritratto a 88 anni by Francesco Hayez - Venice.jpg
Self-Portrait at the age of 88 in 1879
Born (1791-02-10)10 February 1791
Died 12 February 1882(1882-02-12) (aged 91)
Nationality Italian
Known for Painting
Movement Romanticism

Francesco Hayez (February 10, 1791, Venice - December 21, 1882, Milan) was the main artist of Romanticism in mid-19th-century in Milan, he is most well known for his grand historical paintings excellent portraits.

Francesco Hayez was from a relatively poor family from Venice. His father, Giovanni, was of French origin while his mother, Chiara Torcella, was from Murano. Francesco was the youngest of five sons.

Notable works include:

  • Petro Rosso Imprisoned by the Scaligeri (c. 1820)
  • A series on the Sicilian Vespers (1821-1846)
  • Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem (c. 1867)
  • Portrait of Marin Faliero (1867)
  • Vase of flowers on the window of a harem (c. 1881)
  • The Kiss (1859) - Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

Hayez died in Milan, age 91. His studio at the Brera Academy is marked with a plate.

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