Enrico da Ronca persuades the partisan 'Romano' to stop the violence

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Enrico da Ronca persuades the partisan 'Romano' to stop the violence

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In a town square, a figure in priest's clothes approaches a partisan who is brandishing a sub-machine gun. Two other figures in uniform are featured on the right hand side. Three Italian flags are visible on a bell tower with a clock.

Label reads “302”; signed by the author; caption reads “S. GIORGIO DI NOGARO UD. Maggio 1945, Citossi Gelindo “Romano” il mancino, in quel periodo turbinoso di paura e di violenza, con i nazi-fascisti imperversanti dappertutto e i partigiani braccati, casa per casa, un pugno di uomini guidati da Romano sfido’ il nemico, con avventurosa audacia. Restituendoli colpo su colpo , sfuggendo alle imboscate, spostandosi continuamente e seminando il terrore con il nome di “diavoli rossi”, condussero una guerriglia accanita, servendosi spesso di carri agricoli, mascherati e carichi di armi. Attaccando anche in pieno giorno; e’ sara’ il battaglione “diavoli rossi” a liberare Palmanova il 28 aprile 1945. Entrando in S. Giorgio di Nogaro il parroco Enrico da Ronca, gli si fece incontro, e lo supplica “basta sangue”! Romano ubbidisce. La Patria per un lungo periodo, non della resistenza, lo ricompensa con l’esilio in Jugoslavia, dove moriva. L’ultima visita in S. Giorgio, la fece a me’, sapeva che avevo disegnato le sue gesta, era amareggiato mi disse: Romano, non vogliamo fumo! [sic] E’ gli reindicarono la via dell’esilio.”

Label translates as: “S. Giorgio di Nogaro (Udine province), May 1945 – Citossi Gelindo “Romano”, the left-handed. At the time, the atmosphere was whirling with fear and violence. The Nazi-Fascists were raging everywhere, and the partisans were hunted door to door. A bunch of men, led by Romano, daringly challenged the enemies. They matched them blow for blow; they escaped the ambushes by continuously moving; and they spread fear under the name of “red devils”. They carried out a determined guerrilla warfare, often using farming carts, which were disguised and loaded with weapons. They even attacked in broad delight. The “red devils” battalion was the one who freed Palmanova on 28 April 1945. While entering San Giorgio di Nogaro (Udine province), the vicar – Enrico da Ronco – went towards Romano and begged him to stop the brutalities. Romano obeyed him. As a result of this, his homeland rewarded him by banishing him to Yugoslavia, where he died. The last time he was in San Giorgio, he came visiting me. He knew that I painted his deeds. He was embittered by his banishment, having been told: “Romano, we don’t want smoke!" [i.e. "Romano, we need to keep things quiet"], and sent him into exile.”

Additional information kindly provided by Monica Emmanuelli.

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One tempera on paper, pasted on mount board

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PFilliputtiA16010115

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Angiolino Filiputti, “Enrico da Ronca persuades the partisan 'Romano' to stop the violence,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 22, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/204.

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