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El setge de Girona de 1809 (esbós)

El setge de Girona de 1809 (esbós), Ramon Martí Alsina, cap al 1859. Oli sobre tela, 47 x 84,5 cm. Museu d'Art de Girona - Fons d'Art Diputació de Girona.

El setge de Girona de 1809 (esbós), Ramon Martí Alsina, cap al 1859. Oli sobre tela, 47 x 84,5 cm. Museu d'Art de Girona - Fons d'Art Diputació de Girona.

To create El gran dia de Girona (1859), which is probably the largest painting ever executed by a Catalan artist (540 × 1,190 cm), Ramon Martí Alsina made at least six preparatory sketches.

The painting, which today hangs in the Auditori Josep Irla in the current headquarters of the Delegació del Govern de la Generalitat in Girona, depicts the events of September 19 1809 when, during the siege of the city, the French troops attacked the walls only for the people of Girona to repel them.

The sketch is full of life and colour, in contrast to the stiffness and academicism of the final work.

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