Tune In to an Alpine Landscape

Take an audio tour of Giovanni Segantini's idyllic pastures in 'Alla Stanga'

By Google Arts & Culture

Alla stanga (1886) by Giovanni SegantiniLa Galleria Nazionale

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Nature leaves us speechless sometimes. Let's enjoy this view, while I tell you a bit more about this masterpiece.

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Segantini paints “Alla Stanga” after two years spent in Brianza (a rural area in Northern-Italy) as a final tribute to its landscapes. The large canvas, painted en plein air, required six months of work. 

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The strong backlight gives three-dimensionality to the animals’ bodies, well defined in the areas reached by the sun, so much so you can even detect their bones.

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A sequence of horizontal planes -where light and shadow alternate- allows us to embrace the grandness of the plateau. The sky, deliberately reduced to a strip above, maximizes the power of land and nature.

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Isn’t it odd how the cow’s face is detailed compared to that of the peasant? Nature is sovereign. Human beings are present, but not as the protagonists: they’re rather a fragment of a harmonious whole, of greater beauty. Immense!

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