Within Gabani's oeuvre, The Derby Reale is a tour de force, demonstrating an ability to construct a complex composition without sacrificing attention to detail, including the rendered musculature of the horses, expressions and gestures of the crowd, and their elegant fashions. The scene takes place at the Capannelle racetrack, just outside of Rome, where the Derby Reale was founded in 1884 and continues to this day, now known as the Derby Italiano. The racetrack was a frequent subject for Gabani since he moved to Rome in 1880, the bustling activity and drama of the race allowed him to flex his artistic skill, as evidenced in the present work.
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