Smiling, thoughtful, tired, focused, happy ... This was Don Bosco's face. His face was the most faithful expression of his heart. His face spoke. His face communicated every phase of his life, every time he was photographed in France, Spain or Italy. His face spoke of the Saint's passion for young people.
Turin, Italy - 1886 - During the beatification and canonization process of Don Bosco, the theological censors asked: "When did Don Bosco pray?" The photograph of the saint entitled "Don Bosco on his knees" was taken in Turin in 1880 by photographer Michele Schemboche. It is the answer that testifies that Don Bosco was a man deeply of God, a man who gave his time to prayer. The photo shows Don Bosco kneeling, with his eyes fixed on the image of Mary and Jesus. The image has the canons of the time, but Don Bosco is perceived with a serene, spontaneous and natural face.
Turin, Italy - 1868 - The photograph we propose today is that of "Don Bosco with a suffering face". This photo was taken in Turin by Michele Rondoni (Fotografia Alfieri) in 1868 and was called the photograph of "Don Bosco with skullcap". The image shows a constructed pose, rigid in posture, with little vitality and spontaneity, contrary to what the Father and Teacher of Youth was. It seems that Don Bosco is absent, but in reality it is the photo of the "most afflicted and suffering face" of the Piedmontese saint, taken after an illness.
Turin, Italy - 1886 - Don Bosco had a well-proportioned face. His gaze spoke. His face communicated and knew how to convey serenity and joy to all those around him. The photo we show was taken in Sampierdarena, Genoa, on March 16, 1886, by Gustavo Luzzati. Don Bosco was 71 years old at the time. According to scholars, in this photo, Don Bosco shows a serene and friendly smile and the tender and affectionate gaze of a father.