In “A Safe Passage” Detti demonstrates that even for the aristocracy, travel in the 17th century could be a trying and difficult ordeal. In this scene, a severe storm has recently passed over and left a noble party and their carriage stranded on the road. A member of the escort has returned with saddle horses that the members of the party must now mount if they are to continue their journey. The focus of the composition is the young princess being assisted by a squire across the muddy track to the waiting horse that is richly saddled and draped in colors which match her costume. In the background, Detti introduces the humorous element of the two chaperones in wimples who gesture with despair at the plight of their young charge.
Signature: Signed, inscribed and dated lower right: C. Detti, Paris, ‘86
About Cesare Auguste Detti
Italian, 1847-1914, Spoleto, Province of Perugia, Italy, based in Paris, France