Francesco Hayez's artistic career spanned over 70 years, several types of media, and a wide range of subject matter. His depictions of national history were popular throughout his life, as were those of Bible stories and contemporary stage productions. Portraits commissioned by the aristocratic elite possessed a uniquely stark and contrasting style, with unadorned dress, deep blacks, and bright whites. Evocative scenes of semi-nude women, particularly with exotic "oriental" themes, were another mainstay of his work. No matter what catches your fancy, a Hayez artwork is sure to impress.
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