The work Porto di Lecco by Massimo Taparelli d'Azeglio influenced all the nineteenth-century naturalistic painting in Lecco. The Turinese statesman learned his love for rural views and their real-life copy from the Flemish landscape painter Martin Verstappen, of whom he was one of the very few pupils.
Del D'Azeglio are known several views of Lake Como, but this is perhaps the only representative of Lecco, a city that he must have known well, even after his marriage to a daughter of Manzoni, in 1831.
This work depicts the basin of the port of Lecco, at the foot of Mount San Martino, with large boats for transporting goods and many figures moving on the shore. The tones are warm with golden reflections typical of D'Azeglio's production.
The presence of boats and people working on the lake shore will often return to other views of the city of Lecco and its surroundings, such as in the Veduta di Malgrate da Lecco or in the Veduta di Lecco.
Location: room 5