Antonino Calcagnadoro ( Rieti 1876 – Rome 1935 ), The Christian Charity
Oil on panel cm 34 x 24, signed and dated ( 1917 ) lower right. In the upper left corner, autograph inscription of the painter “All’amico Carlini Roma 1917”.
Women and children embody a leit motiv in the pictorial production by Calcagnadoro, especially in dramatic compositions. In this painting the female figure with the long shirt marked by a red crossed shield – probably a nun of a very similar solemn formal construction respect on “Minerva Italica”, painting made by the Rieti master in 1928 – represents the Christian charity who brings solace to a family marked by the disaster of the war: a merciful mantle under which orphans and widows find hope and haven.