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Thursday, 25 February 2010

Two paintings by Telemaco Signorini & Ilya Repin

Not a cinematic post but during a visit to an exhibition at the Palazzo Zabarella in Padua I was struck by a painting which would immediately bring to mind a classic Russian painting. The Italian painting L'alzaia (upper painting)is by the Italian 'Macchiaiolo' painter Telemaco Signorini and the classic Russian painting (lower painting) is, of course, by Ilya Repin and one of Russia's most famous paintings 'Barge Haulers on the Volga'. The Italian painting dates back to 1864 and Repin's was carried out between 1870-1873. Telemaco Signorini is considered the most European of the Macchiaiolo school. He also lived some time in the Cinque Terre village of Riomaggiore.


  1. This reminds me of a scene from The Childhood of Maxim Gorky

  2. Gorky seems to be making something of a comeback in Russia. A few years back his portrait/caricature was put back at the top of the weekly literary journal 'Literaturnaya Gazeta' (as one of its founders) and a number of books/biographies on Gorky have recently been published- I managed to read the Dimitry Bykov book which seemed to rehabilitate him as writer and thinker. I'll have to get round to re-reading some Gorky myself.

  3. When i see the first time Repin 's painting it reminded me Telemaco Signorini 's painting. I think that russian painters are excellent artist , their art is extraordinary , they can reproduce the nature and the russian atmosphere in an surprising way but un lucky altought they are excellent artists they are ignored to the major part to the people because Art World does not let them now to the crowd