19th century Italy in regional Australia…

20151104_121733Recently, while in Victoria I visited the Bendigo Art Gallery and it was wonderful to see their collection of 19th century Australian art (inspiration for the next book!)

It seems Italy is never too far away however as I couldn’t help noticing this circa 1879 painting of women carrying their copper conche to collect water, such a common sight in Abruzzo especially.

Titled, ‘Peasant Water Carriers’, it was painted by Pietro Barucci {1845-1917} who was mainly known for his paintings of landscapes in the rural areas surrounding Rome.


Filed under art + photographs, inspiration + history

5 responses to “19th century Italy in regional Australia…

  1. Great stuff. In 1993 I was involved in an exhibition of Italian artists in 19th century Australia. It was called ‘The Italian Connection’ and curated by the National Trust of Aust and we exhibited over 20 artists and 120 works (paintings and sculpture). Great memories!

  2. Larry Wendt

    I saw this pic and couldn’t help wondering if it gave Salvador Dali the idea for his bust of Voltaire

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