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Count Ugolino in the tower

Town Museum "Ala Ponzone"

Diotti and first 19th century room

Giuseppe Diotti (1779-1848)

1831 c.a.

The painter presents the Dantesque theme of Ugolino della Gherardesca’s death (his sons were closed in the Tower of Pisa).

He made two different kinds of paintings: one in which the protagonist shows to accept the tragedy with heroic resignation, and one which literally represents the words “ambo le mani per dolor mi morsi”.

The artwork in Cremona is a version of the first icongraphic group, similar to the painting made by Diotti for the count Paolo Tosio (now at the Musei Civici in Brescia) and which was exhibited at the Brera Accademy (it was extremely appreciated). Cremona’s painting is different from the other one for a simpler analysis of the light and a more intense moving feeling of all the subjects. In particular, it is very peculiar the head of the protagonist, with a long beard and a shocked look.

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