Filippo Carcano - inv. 263
In good condition, the panel shows a festival in the Lombard countryside. A group of women in rural dress forms a semicircle around three dancing girls.
The technique, characterised by rapid, thick brushstrokes laid directly on the small panel, indicates that it is a sketch. The artist is not interested in meticulously describing details but in the overall scene, highlighting the action and feeling. The study of light is given special importance and in fact the light-coloured strokes bestow movement on the figures and give depth to the landscape.
The work can be dated to the 1880s and, curiously, is signed twice at the bottom of the painting: in black on the left and in red on the right.
A pupil of Hayez and Bertini at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Carcano began his career painting history subjects and interiors. He gradually drew away from the academic environment, initially devoting himself to genre painting with realistic and, at times, compassionate overtones.