Thursday, April 5, 2012

Victory of the citizens

The battle of Legnano 1176 (1831) by the Italian painter Massimo Taparelli, marquis d'Azeglio (1798-1866). Taparelli is glorifying here the moment when the citizens of the Lombard League defend their Carroccio a sacred wagon with the city standard against the knights of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa.
Especially in the 19th century Italian romantics discovered here the roots of modern citizenship.

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