Antonio ZUCCHI - 1726 - 1795
Two Ladies and a Boy with a Dog in a Garden
Venetian School

Brush and brown and grey ink,
White heightening, on light brown paper

27.4 x 18.5 cm

Euro :  2200,-

Antonio Zucchi, born in Venice in 1726, was the son of Francesco and brother of Giuseppe Zucchi and the husband of Angelica Kauffmann. A pupil of Carlo Zucchi, Antonio was active in the workshop and school of Francesco Fontebasso and Jacopo Amigoni. By 1760, accompanied by the architects Louis Clérisseau and Robert Adam, Antonio Zucchi visited the main cities of Italy. In 1766, upon the invitation of Robert Adam, Zucchi went to London where in 1770 he became an associate of the Royal Academy, exhibiting there for four years during the 1770's. In England he worked together with Robert Adam, decorating his many architectural projects. In 1776 Zucchi became a member of the Venetian Academy. He returned to Venice in 1781 with his bride where he remained for one year before leaving for Rome. Antonio Zucchi remained in Rome for the rest of his life, apart from a few trips to England and his native city. The manner of Zucchi lies between the tradition of Venetian Rococo and the new neoclassical departures. His work is also very important from the historical point of view, in that he may be considered one of those who helped bring about the transformation of Venetian painting. Of deep perception, he was aware of changing taste at a surprisingly early stage; he joined the new neoclassical tendency far ahead of other artists of his time. Antonio Zucchi died in Rome in 1795. (Pietro Zampetti, "Venetian Painters". F. Lewis publishers, 1972, p.112).

The greater part of Antonio Zucchi's graphic production was the depiction of scenes from the Roman countryside which were mainly executed in pen and brown ink with the unique addition of white heightening. This technique of using white heightening may be the result of his earlier Venetian artistic education. The present drawing must be dated to or after the period following his Venetian sojourn of about 1760 as is indicated by the colouring and the style which is already indicative of his later neo-classical style. A comparable drawing "Family Portrait in an Interior" was formerly in the Paul Wallraf collection.


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