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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.

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