When he was still very young, Ceruti started painting portraits and genre scenes with great human en-gagement, turning his attention to the populace and to the poor and disadvantaged on the margins of society. In this painting, one of the most representative of eighteenth-century Lombard naturalism, we see young peasants resting on their way back from the fields, bathed in the golden light of a vast square with arcades and buildings all around.


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