Eleuterio Pagliano - inv. 5803

Titolo: 
The Origin of the Compagnia della Misericordia (sketch)
Numero di Inventario: 
5803
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
History and Literature
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Eleuterio Pagliano (1826-1903)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Milano
Lombardia
Italia
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
1857
Materia e Tecnica: 
oil on canvas
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
2010
Acquisizione: 
Zanni Tommasini
Tipo di acquisizione: 
donation
Collocazione riservata: 
Uffici
Tipo di collocazione: 
deposit
Collocazione: 
not on display

This is the sketch for The Origin of Compagnia della Misericordia (inv. 267), a painting owned by Poldi Pezzoli. Dated 1857, the canvas was presented the same year in Milan at the Brera Academy exhibition, where it was purchased by marchioness Rosa Trivulzio, mother of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli.
The painting, set in fifteenth-century Florence, illustrates an episode that, traditionally, leads to the reconstruction of the Compagnia della Misericordia. Founded in the thirteenth century, this confraternity had among its duties the burial of poor people, a task which was taken from it in 1425, when the political authorities merged it with the Company of the Bigallo.
The canvas illustrates the dramatic moment in which a citizen lays in front of the gonfalonier the body of a young woman, left unburied in Santa Croce because it had arrived after the hour appointed for burials. This provocative act would have thus underlined the need to reinstate the Compagnia della Misericordia  and to entrust it again with all its tasks.

 

AC/DC: 
DC