Robert Braithwaite Martineau (1826–1869): Picciola, 185310/7/2021, 10:15:09 AM
Robert Braithwaite Martineau (1826–1869): Picciola, 1853, Oil on canvas, Tate Britain, London . . Martineau's Picciola is based on the 1836 novel of the same name by French novellist Xavier Boniface Saintine (1798-1865). The story is told of the rich and scholarly but jaded young nobleman, who, while a State prisoner in the fortress of Fenestrella, finds a little plant springing between the paving-stones of his court, watches it, loves it, makes it his companion, and is gradually regenerated by its revelation to him of natural and divine law. Picciola the plant becomes to him Picciola the ideal maiden of his heart and imagination.