Old photograph of Don Bosco among the young

In 1861 Don Bosco's health deteriorated and so some young Salesians, led by Giovanni Cagliero, fearing for his life, convinced him to let himself be photographed.

On May 19, on Pentecost Sunday, Past Pupil Francesco Serra took various photographs. One still survives today: the famous image known as "Don Bosco among the young".

Francesco Serra was a young enthusiast of new portrait techniques and made various studies with light and shadow with his camera.

Many believe that it's a daguerreotype, but it's acually a photograph made with more modern techniques.

Although it is not a clear image, it is a precious testimony of Don Bosco's love for his children.


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