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The painting depicts a young maiden dressed in a traditional Italian costume with blue skirt, white top and a flowery head scarf. She decides to take a break from weaving to play with her kitten.
The painting has a lovely period double frame with the outer one being beautifully gilded and decorated with floral motifs.
There is a paper label on the verso which reads:
The Graves Gallery
Ernest H Hare
Dearler in Works of Arts. Printseller, Framemaker, Picture Restorer and Publisher.
44 Cherry Street
The Graves Gallery - a prominent gallery in Birmingham which took over responsibility for the Birmingham Art Circle exhibitions, following the death of Edwin Chamberlain in 1894.
Zampighi's works are very collectable having been sold at major auction houses such as Christie's, Sotheby's and Bonham's.
In very good original and untouched condition - please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 81 x Width 63 x Depth 5.5
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 8 inches x Width 2 feet, 1 inch x Depth 2 inches
Eugenio Eduardo Zampighi ( 1859 –1944) was an Italian painter, mainly of Genre subjects. He enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Modena under Antonio Simonazzi. At a very young age and from his early history paintings on he was influenced by the Modenese painter Giovanni Muzzioli.
After winning the Poletti Prize for painting in 1880, with his entry, A Retiarius (net-man) gladiator wounded in a Flavian Amphitheater, he had the opportunity of continuing his studies first in Rome and later in Florence where he settled permanently in 1884. During the 1880s, he began to produce a repertoire of genre scenes, which had an extraordinary success on the art market and brought him international commissions.
He was influenced by the style of Gaetano Chierici, and by the Florentine Macchiaioli School. He worked mostly in the latter cities late in life.
After executing a large painting that was exhibited in the hall of the Modena Academy the degree of Professor was conferred upon him by the Council of the Academy. Zampighi then devoted himself to figure painting, depicting scenes of the domestic life of his countrymen. These paintings are very pleasing compositions with lively colouring and are his best known works.
The museum of Modern Art in Modena has examples of his works.
Our reference: 06518
318 Green Lanes