Francesco Hayez, 1791-1881, was an Italian painter, the leading artist of Romanticism, renowned for his grand historical paintings, political allegories and exceptionally fine portraits. The oil painting The Kiss was considered among the best artworks by contemporaries, and has only gained in esteem since then. His early Francesco Hayez paintings show the influence of Ingres
and the Nazarene movement. His later work participates in the Classical revival. -- The Copyright of Scripts is Reserved by Toperfect.