From Chocolate Boxes To The Fight For Independence, The Power Of A Kiss!

The Kiss (1859) - Francesco Hayez
The Kiss (1859) - Francesco Hayez

Like most classical guitarists, I love the Romantic music of Francisco Tarrega. My favourite piece is Recuerdo De La Alhambra.

My own recording of this masterpiece can be heard on my Facebook Profile page at

A contemporary of Francisco Tarrega, was Italian artist, Francesco Hayez. My favourite painting by Francesco Hayez is ‘The Kiss”. As ‘Recuerdo De La Alhambra’ is regarded as the symbol of Romantic, Spanish guitar, ‘The Kiss’ is regarded as the symbol of Italian Romanticism in art.

You may have seen this image on chocolate wrappers of Perugina Chocolate. The image was also the inspiration of one of the greatest scenes from the film ‘Senso’.

This Medieval image is one of the most passionate representations of a kiss in the history of art. The fact that we cannot see the faces of the couple, serves to make the act of kissing, the main theme of the composition.

The Man is seen wearing red, white and green which symbolizes the fight for Italian independence from the Austro-Hungarian empire. The woman’s pale blue dress is a symbol of France, which in 1859, the year this painting was created, formed an alliance with the Kingdom of Piedmont which ultimately resulted in the unification of Italy.

I think you will agree, this is a beautiful work of art. If you have any questions on this article, the painting or indeed, my guitar playing, I would be delighted to hear from you.

My name is Steve Howard. You have been reading the digital circus.


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