The Painting:

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"The Kiss" (1859), Francesco Hayez.

Hayez was an Italian painter, living in a period called "Risorgimento" (literally "rebirth") wich was characterized by a growing desire of unification, since italy (after the Roman Empire) has always been divided into little reigns, often under foreign rule. Artists such as Hayez used symbols in their paintings to talk about the historic facts happening in that moment. For instance, what you're seeing right now is not just a kiss between two lovers, but it can also represent the farewell of a soldier, leaving to fight for a united country; or the symbolic "kiss" between Italy and France (ally in Italy's wars of independence).

The Aesthetics:

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