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Brigand and his wife in prayer

Painting, 1824, 44.8×36.5 cm

Description of the artwork «Brigand and his wife in prayer»

The brigands who inhabited the mountains outside of Rome were known for both their criminal ways and their profound religious devotion. Here, a young couple prays at a roadside shrine—not only for the husband’s success but for the health of the wife, who is noticeably pregnant. Robert was one of a number of artists working in Rome, including Achille-Etna Michallon, François-Joseph Navez, and Jean-Victor Schnetz, who popularized such scenes in the 1820s. When Robert exhibited subjects like this one at the Salon of 1824, one critic noted that he had blurred the boundary between history and genre painting—but praised the naturalism of his figures.
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Genre scene

Style of art: Romanticism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1824

Size: 44.8×36.5 cm

Artwork in selections: 1 selection