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Movements and periphery

Man's face

The voluntarily marked features of some of the faces painted by Jean Canavesio in La Brigue reveal an expressionism that constitutes one of the movements of the Piedmontese painting.

Already present in some works of Jacquerio, such as the famous Ascent to the Calvary in the sacristy of Sant'Antonio di Ranverso, it was kept and reinforced during all the xvth century, by the spreading, in Italy and in the South of France, of Flemish and German engravings that emphasized this almost caricatural aspect.

Very late, and on the edges of the alpine area, the Piedmontese culture still fills the anonymous paintings of Notre-Dame of Benva.

The archaic procedures used to suggest the crowd of the saints (horizontal lines ; accumulation of pieces of haloes to represent the perspective), the use of the brush to schematize the faces' features, as well as the iconographic composition and the ornamental patterns, remind of the decorations that have been done in the Monregalese for three or four decades.

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