Domenico Morelli - inv. 276

Titolo: 
The Pompeian Baths
Numero di Inventario: 
276
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Genre
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Pompei
baths
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Domenico Morelli (1823-1901)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Milano
Milan
Lombardia
Lombardy
Italy
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
1860 c.
Libri correlati: 
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
"Morelli"
Materia e Tecnica: 
oil on canvas
Data di Ingresso: 
1879
Acquisizione: 
Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Collocazione riservata: 
Uffici
Tipo di collocazione: 
deposit
Collocazione: 
not on display

The canvas is a sketch for the painting presented by Domenico Morelli at the Florence 1861 national exhibition, today in the Balzan International Foundation in Milan. This preparatory study is fully resolved both as regards the description of the setting and in the composition of the figures. The only difference with the finished work is the absence of a nude female figure in the foreground, on the right-hand side of the picture.

The figures of the bathers, defined by thick touches of colour, are arranged in a space inspired by the Stabian Baths; they give life to a re-evocation of the past that is inspired by the everyday life of ordinary people rather than by grand events or heroic deeds. In this way history painting is renewed in a veristic sense skilfully interpreted by Domenico Morelli.
Like the finished work, this small canvas was painted during the artist’s stay in Milan, where he was a guest of his friend Eleuterio Pagliano.

L.P.
H.G.

AC/DC: 
DC