Francesco Zuccarelli, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Francesco Zuccarelli

Italian painter (1702-1788)

Date of Birth: 15-Aug-1702

Place of Birth: Venice, Venetian Province, Italy

Date of Death: 30-Dec-1788

Profession: painter

Zodiac Sign: Leo

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About Francesco Zuccarelli

  • Giacomo Francesco Zuccarelli (commonly known as Francesco Zuccarelli, Italian pronunciation: [fran't?esko ddzukka'r?lli; ttsuk-]; 15 August 1702 – 30 December 1788) RA, was an Italian artist of the late Baroque or Rococo period.
  • He is considered to be the most important landscape painter to have emerged from his adopted city of Venice during the mid-eighteenth century, and his Arcadian views became popular throughout Europe and especially in England where he resided for two extended periods.
  • His patronage extended to the nobility, and he often collaborated with other artists such as Antonio Visentini and Bernardo Bellotto.
  • In 1768, Zuccarelli became a founding member of the Royal Academy of Arts, and upon his final return to Italy, he was elected president of the Venetian Academy.
  • In addition to his rural landscapes which frequently incorporated religious and classical themes, Zuccarelli created devotional pieces and on occasion did portraiture.
  • Beside paintings, his varied output included etchings, drawings, and designs for tapestries as well as a set of Old Testament playing cards. Despite the fame he experienced in his lifetime, Zuccarelli's reputation declined in the early 19th century with naturalism becoming increasingly favoured in landscapes.
  • Turner criticized him in mild terms while confessing that his figures could be beautiful, paving the way for more severe Victorian assessments.
  • In 1959, the art historian Michael Levey offered suggestions for why Zuccarelli held such wide contemporary appeal among the English, concluding that his best work is highly decorative.
  • More recently, since the 1990s there has been a renewed focus on Zuccarelli among Italian scholars, who have given him prominence in several books and articles, and his paintings and drawings are regularly shown in exhibitions.

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