Neapolitan Peasants at the Festa of the Madonna del Arco

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Rural scene depicting a group of four Italian peasant women and one man carrying banners of the Virgin Mary to a village feast, the women's hair garlanded with leaves. In the foreground, three women are seated to the right, to the side of a path beneath trees, one tending a baby and two holding aloft their banners whilst their male companion, in a red jacket, stands behind them adjusting the banner pole. The fourth woman stands to the left in the middle of the path, wearing a white blouse over a red skirt, with a gold and red trim, looking back at the rest of her group. The rest of the procession can be seen in the middleground, heading towards a village with a domed building in the valley, in the background to left. A lute and a garland of leaves lies discarded in the bottom left corner.

Manchester Art Gallery



Neapolitan Peasants at the Festa of the Madonna del Arco




oil on panel


H 55 x W 41.7 cm

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Acquisition method

bequeathed by Sir Joseph Whitworth, 1896

Work type


Inscription description

Signed blc: T.UWINS.RA. / 1840

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