Induno Domenico, The Visit to the Wet-Nurse
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1,863; oil on canvas
cm. 36,7 x 47,3
Signed and dated bottom right: " Induno 1863"
Inventory: FCIP 0037
Provenance: Milan, Francesco Turati Collection (until 1876); Milan, Ercole Turati Collection (until 1881); Milan, Emilio and Vittorio Turati Collection (after 1881). Milan, 1969, private sale
Exibition: 1863, Milano, n. 167; 2008-2009, Bergamo, s. n.

The painting was shown at the 1863 Esposizione di Belle Arti dell’Accademia di Brera and, as is evident from the caption in the catalogue, comes from the Turati Collection. It was commissioned by Francesco Turati (1802–1876), an important member of the Milanese entrepreneurial middle class and patron of the arts, whose collection included works by Sebastiano De Albertis and Angelo Trezzini, as well as those by Domenico his brother Gerolamo Induno. On his death it passed to his son Hercules (1829–1881) who continued to commission works from the Induno brothers, Filippo Carcano and Francesco Valaperta for the new building in Via Meravigli next to his father’s, which was built in 1880.

Reprising a subject already painted in several works such as The Visit to the Wet-Nurse (c. 1861, private collection), Induno depicts a woman, accompanied by her elderly parents, visiting her baby of a few months at the wet-nurse’s. This scene is drawn from everyday life and its realism is heightened by the garments of the figures and the many details of the domestic interior, dimly lit by the light from the window and the glimmering fire. The sketchy almost unfinished painting of the central section, which probably determined its unenthusiastic reception by the critics at the Brera exhibition, should rather be considered a deliberate choice on the part of the painter. He thus renders the feelings that animate this real-life episode extremely immediate, which is a feature that characterises all his genre painting and, in particular, works like The Hunter (1854, Milan, Pinacoteca di Brera) or The Grandfather’s Visit (1856, formerly in the Luisa Gallarati Scotti Melzi d’Eril Collection) where Induno used the same model for the figure of the elderly man as the one in the painting in the Cariplo Collection.

From November 2011, the work has been on view at the Gallerie d’Italia in Milan.

Sources:Archivio Storico Intesa Sanpaolo, Patrimonio Cariplo, Opere d'arte. Atti d'acquisto ex Cariplo. Fald. 1/3, pratica no. 879 R/398


Esposizione delle opere di belle arti nell'anno 1863, Tipi di Luigi di Giacomo Pirola, Milano, s.d. [1863], n. 167, p. 26;
Jacopo Cosmate, Cronaca delle arti belle. VI. L'Esposizione. II, in "Il Pungolo", a. V, n. 265, Milano, 24 settembre 1863, p. 1058;
Sergio Rebora, Domenico Induno, La visita alla nutrice o La visita alla balia, in Sergio Rebora, a cura di, Le collezioni d’arte. L’Ottocento, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde, Milano, 1999, n. 126, pp. 211-212, ill. p. 212;
Fernando Noris, a cura di, Ottocento tra realtà e sogno. Il lungo secolo della pittura italiana e lombarda, catalogo della mostra, Bergamo, Spazio Viterbi, 28 novembre 2008 - 22 febbraio 2009, Provincia di Bergamo - Fondazione Cariplo, Bergamo - Milano, 2008, ill. p. 37;
Paola Segramora Rivolta, in Fernando Mazzocca, a cura di, Da Canova a Boccioni. Le collezioni della Fondazione Cariplo e di Intesa Sanpaolo, Skira, Milano, 2011, n. IX.124, pp. 225-226, ill.

Laura Casone
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