Mosè Bianchi (1840-1904) was a great painter of the 19th century, born in Monza but completely in love with Milan.
Thirty of his views of the Italian metropolis (many of which have never been shown to the public before) are now gathered in the beautiful exhibition “The Disappeared Milan” (“La Milano Scomparsa”), which is open until June 26th, 2016 at GAM Manzoni (Center for the study of modern and contemporary art).
After starting on a romantic inspiration, Mosè Bianchi – a crucial figure in 19th-century Lombard art, and uncle to Pompeo Mariani, whom we’ve already written about – ventured into the territories of genre painting, realism and Verismo.
Some of Bianchi’s views portray a rainy Milan, and as his contemporary, writer Emilio De Marchi noted, “when it rains [in Milan] people are sullen; in the winter, on those dark, cold, and foggy days, even our Duomo becomes gray and cold…”
“But when the skies are blue again”, De Marchi added, “as we sometimes see in the April and May mornings – Good Lord, what joy!”
And here it is, a sad and cheerful Milan that no longer exists.