Francesco Hayez - inv. 4131

Titolo: 
Self portrait with Tiger and Lion
Numero di Inventario: 
4131
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Portrait
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Francesco Hayez
animals
tiger
lion
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Milano
Milan
Lombardia
Lombardy
Italy
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1800
Datazione specifica: 
1830 c.
Libri correlati: 
Data di Ingresso: 
1997
Acquisizione: 
Riccardo Lampugnani
Tipo di acquisizione: 
donation
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Antique Murano Glass Room

For this self-portrait, Hayez chose an unusual horizontal format and a remarkable viewpoint for the image. Still young, the artist does not occupy the centre of the painting but has placed himself in a corner, from where he turns his head to look rather quizzically at the spectator. He is wearing working clothes and a painter’s floppy beret, similar to those seen in various portraits by Rembrandt.

Almost the whole of the painting is occupied by a cage containing a lion and a tiger. The wild animal theme, interpreted in the past as an allegory of art dominating nature, was dear to the romantic taste for the Orient. A preparatory drawing for the majestic figure of the lion is in the Brera Academy in Milan.

The work is datable to the beginning of the 1830s, by which time Hayez had moved from Venice to the Lombard capital. It therefore belongs to his youthful production, as does another self-portrait belonging to the Museum in which the painter has shown himself at the centre of a group of friends.

M.B.
H.G.
 

AC/DC: 
DC