Scutching of the canapa (Filippini, Pinacoteca di Brera)

painting by Francesco Filippini in Pinacoteca di Brera

The Scutching of the canapa (also known as Le stigliatura della Canapa) is a 19th-century late-impressionist oil painting by Giambattista Pittoni, made in 1887, in Milano, Italy, exhibited at the Pinacoteca di Brera.[1]

The Scutching of the canapa
Italian: Le stigliatura della Canapa
See adjacent text.
ArtistFrancesco Filippini
TypeOil on Canvas
Dimensions220 cm × 360 cm (88 in × 142 in)
LocationPinacoteca di Brera, Milano

The Scutching of the canapa di Filippini won the art prize Premio Mylius in 1889.

Nature-loving Filippini, he wants to communicate the importance of the industrial use of hemp for the protection of the environment. The handwork Hemp processing occurs by separating the parts of the stem into different cycles. The process called "scutching" consists of operations that free the fibers from the woody core of the stems. The women workers uses grooved cylinders that rotate and allow the stems to be repeatedly bent, separating the canapuli from the fibers.


  • Francesco Filippini, un protagonista del Naturalismo, Ed. Skira, 1999, Cover
  • Pinacoteca Brera (1993), v. VIa, pp. 267-268, n. 293


  1. Pinacoteca di Brera, Palazzo di Brera, via Brera, 28. Compilatore scheda: Pardini M.; Funzionario responsabile: Maderna V., Opera d'arte La strigliatura della canapa di Filippini Francesco (1853/ 1895), a Milano.

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