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Market in Piazza del Municipio

Giovanni Michele Graneri1740

Palazzo Madama

Palazzo Madama

This scene shows the punishment of women accused of selling bad eggs: the rotten goods they have sold illegally are being thrown at them by their fellow citizens.
The episode takes place in a crowded city square with guards, who have been called in to maintain law and order, looking on. Bystanders also include other vendors and many middle-class and aristocratic people observing from the balconies as though watching a performance at the theatre.
This painting has a greater degree of sentimentality and greater care in portraying the human figures than we find in other works by Granieri. As was his custom, Granieri inserts his own initials, here in the hexagonal sign of the shop on the left, while in the plaque on the tower he indicates the year he made the painting.

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  • Title: Market in Piazza del Municipio
  • Creator: Giovanni Michele Graneri
  • Date: 1740
  • Physical Dimensions: w115 x h65 cm
  • Date of acquisition: Late 19th century
  • Acquisition: From the Municipality of Turin
  • Provenance: Museo Civico d'Arte Antica - Palazzo Madama, Turin
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: http://www.palazzomadamatorino.it/copyright.php
  • External Link: Museo Civico d'Arte Antica - Palazzo Madama, Turin
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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