'L'impressionismo di Zandomeneghi' at Zabarella Palace

A hundred masterpieces illustrate the artistic career of one of the greatest Italian painters of the nineteenth century

From 01 October 2016 to 29 January 2017

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The rich autumn season of exhibitions in Padua at Palazzo Zabarella in 2016 opens on the 1stOctober with 'L'impressionismo di Zandomeneghi' ('Zandomeneghi's Impressionism'), an extraordinary painter often ignored despite the importance of his role in the art scene between the 19th and 20th century.

Padua has decided to honour this great artist a hundred years after his death by setting up a fascinating anthology that will be on view from October 10th 2016 to January 19th 2017.

'L'impressionismo di Zandomeneghi' offers an interesting insight into the life and works of Federico Zandomeneghi, a Venetian Impressionist and painter of modern life, nowadays considered one of the leading exponents of Italian painting in the 19th century.

The painter preferred to depict the female figure, captured in everyday life situations, from bathroom rituals to reading, and in moments of leisure, theatre evenings and walks: Zandomeneghi illustrates emancipated, modern and independent women.

Promoted by the Bano Foundation and curated by Francesca Dini and Fernando Mazzocca, the Zandomeneghi exhibition in Padua reconstructs the extraordinary career of this artist right from the beginning... Pastel colours and oil paintings will help the audience appreciate Federico Zandomeneghi's artwork, both a witness and a protagonist of the transition from a busy naturalism impregnated of social critique to a style of painting able to reinterpret the innovations introduced by Impressionism in a subjective way.

At Palazzo Zabarella, Padua exhibitions 2016, more than 100 works illustrate the artistic production of the Venetian master, including famous and little-known paintings. Using a very sophisticated pastel technique and blending it with his unique style, Zandomeneghi managed to capture the charm of the Belle Époque and to depict an idealistic Parisian woman. Countenance, gestures and habits were immortalized in paintings on canvas, perpetuating the memory of a unique and fascinating era... In his works, Paris during the Belle Époque comes to life, evoking all the charm of the city that welcomed Zandomeneghi and that he portrayed capturing the lively atmosphere of the squares, streets, cafes and theatres.

The art exhibition at Palazzo Zabarella in Padova on Zandomeneghi highlights the talent and the personality of an artist that has remained until the present day insufficiently valued by putting many of his works, famous and not so well known, on show. Zabarella's masterpieces on display at Palazzo Zabarella in Padova come from important public institutions such as the Modern Art Gallery of Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Ricci Oddi Modern Art Gallery in Piacenza, the Civic Museum of Palazzo Te in Mantua, and private Italian, English and French collections.

Federico Zandomeneghi's father, the artist Pietro Zabarella, realized the Titian monument in the Basilica dei Frari in Venice whilst his grandfather Luigi was a friend of Antonio Canova. Federico (Venice 1842 - Paris 1917) abandons his family vocation for sculpture in order to devote himself to painting. Being a proud patriot, he flees from Venice to avoid being enlisted in the Austrian army and follows Garibaldi in the Expedition of the Thousand. In 1862 he arrives in Florence, where he begins to attend the Macchiaioli family, becoming a close friend of the critic Diego Martelli. Despite the profound influence received by the Macchiaiolis, Zandomeneghi immediately gives evidence of his strong personality by developing a unique style. Between 1866 and 1874 he travels between Florence, Venice and Rome before settling permanently in Paris. Here, Zando - as he used to be called - gets into contact with the Impressionism movement thanks to his friendship with Degas and Renoir, and later becomes a protagonist in the so-called 'painting of modern life' along with De Nittis and Boldini, the famous triad of Italians in Paris. Of the three, Zandomeneghi was certainly the one that had a more intense and lasting relationship with the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists: his work was on exhibition several times at the Salon des Independants (1879, 1880, 1881, 1886) and he developed a close relationship with the great merchant Durand Ruel. In 1914, Zandomeneghi also had an exhibition at the Venice Biennale, but did not get the response hoped for: his art only got proper recognition after his death.

The image Paris immortalized by Zandomeneghi is not that of a mundane, elegant and sophisticated city as we would see depicted in the works of De Nittis and Boldini: Zandomeneghi relates of the Montmartre bohèmien, where Toulouse-Lautrec lived with the model Suzanne Valadon.

In addition to his everyday surroundings, the views of Paris, and the numerous female figures, Zandomeneghi's chosen subjects also include open landscapes of French countryside that witness his gradual approach to painting en plein air, the focal point of impressionistic poetry, thanks to his friendship with artists such as Pissarro and Guillaumin.

Views, portraits, scenes of everyday life and atmosphere of the bohemian Paris of the Belle Epoque ... 'L'Impressionismo di Zandomeneghi' on display in Padua truly promises to be an unmissable exhibition!

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'L'Impressionismo di Zandomeneghi'
Palazzo Zabarella, Padua - via degli Zabarella 14
1st October 2016 - 29th January 2017

Opening times
Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 7.00 pm
Closed: Mondays (except 31 October, 26 December and 2 January), Saturday 24 December and Sunday 25 December.


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€10.00 (over 65 years old, 18 to 25 years)
€6.00 (6 to 17 years)

Free (children up to 5 years with parents, journalists with card, guide of visitors with disability).

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By Insidecom Editorial Staff