The Daughter of Iorio - Italian: La figlia di Iorio - is both a painting and a novel:
the latter is a 1904 play written by the Italian writer Gabriele D'Annunzio.
It is a powerful poetic drama of the fears and superstitions of Abruzzi peasants and
tells the tragic story of the love between a young female outcast and a shepherd
who is being married off to a woman he does not love.
Frances Winwar in his "Wingless Victory - A Biography of Gabriele D'Annunzio and Eleonora Duse" explains
which is the source of inspiration for those two great painting and writing creations:
"The idea come to him (D’Annunzio) and, simultaneously, to Michetti some fifteen years earlier when,
as they were walking along Casauria’s streets one summer’s day, they saw a young girl, all
disheveled, come dashing across the square, followed by a crowd of men from the fields.
She was beautiful and in a panic terror. The men were fierce with lust as if the
summer’s fire had entered their blood. Struck by the sight, Michetti painted
a picture of it, later transferred to a large canvas that won him
a prize at an exposition in Venice (the Biennale of 1895)"
This gorgeous painting is a remarkably large tempera on canvas:
5,70 by 2,89 m / 18,70 by 9,48 ft.